Red rose, proud rose, sad rose of all my days!
Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways.
- William Butler Yeats
The flower is the poetry of reproduction.
It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
- Jean Giraudoux
In Italian, a beautiful lady,
In English a deadly poison.
- Ambrose Bierce
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
- Tennessee Williams