God loved the flowers and invented soil. Man loved the flowers and invented vases.
- Variation of a saying by Jacques Deval
Are we, finally, speaking of nature or culture when we speak of a rose (nature), that has been bred (culture) so that its blossoms (nature) make men imagine (culture) the sex of women (nature)?
It may be this sort of confusion that we need more of.
- Michael Pollan
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
- H.L. Mencken
And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies.
- Christopher Marlowe