I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
- Claude Monet
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
- H.L. Mencken
If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And of thy meager store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
- Sheikh Muslih-uddin Saadi Shirazi
A cherry tree
And there are no flowers,
But the spring breeze
Brings forth myriad blossoms.
- Ikkyu Sojun