People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
- Iris Murdoch
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
Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
- Gerard De Nerval
In Italian, a beautiful lady,
In English a deadly poison.
- Ambrose Bierce