The rose that lives its little hour
Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.
One of the most attractive things about
the flowers is their beautiful reserve.
- Henry David Thoreau
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose garden.
- T.S. Eliot
I cast my heart into my rhymes,
That you, in the dim coming times,
May know how my heart went with them
After the red-rose-bordered hem.
- William Butler Yeats