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
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
- Ernest Dowson
Roses red and violets blew, And all the sweetest flowers that in the forest grew.
- Edmund Spenser
As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.
- Edward Thomas