But ne'er the rose without the thorn.
- Robert Herrick
Let us open our leaves like a flower, and be passive and receptive.
- John Keats
flowers construct the most charming geometries: circles like the sun, ovals, cones, curlicues and a variety of triangular eccentricities,
which when viewed with the eye of a magnifying glass seem a Lilliputian frieze of psychedelic silhouettes.
- Duane Michals
If, I can someday see M. Claude Monet's garden,
I feel sure that I shall see something that is not so much a garden of flowers as of colours and tones,
less an old-fashioned flower garden than a colour garden, so to speak,
one that achieves an effect not entirely nature's,
because it was planted so that only the flowers with matching colours will bloom at the same time,
harmonized in an infinite stretch of blue or pink.
- Marcel Proust