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
To pick a flower is so much more satisfying than just observing it, or photographing it...
So in later years, I have grown in my garden as many flowers as possible for children to pick.
- Anne Scott-James
At dawn I asked the lotus,
'What is the meaning of life?'
Slowly she opened her hand
with nothing in it.
- Debra Woolard Bender
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
- Abraham Lincoln