flowers are not made by singing "Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shade.
- Rudyard Kipling
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose garden.
- T.S. Eliot
Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away,
Yet here now,
at this moment,
at this place,
The world of the flower,
the whole of the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower,
the truth of the blossom.
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.
- Zenkei Shibayama
There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.
- John Muir