We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
- Abraham Lincoln
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
- H.L. Mencken
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes -
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
- Elizabeth Barrett Brownbing
Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.
- Edward Payson Rod