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Think Outside the Vase: Inspiring Quotes about Roses

July 24, 2014

Sometimes, a rose is just a rose. However, more often than not – especially in the case of literature – a rose represents something far greater; the rose can represent love, hope, and even life. Here are fourteen quotes about roses from some of the most memorable works of literature and inspirational figures to help add a rosy touch your day.


14 Must-Read Rose Quotes

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” – Antoine de Saint–Exupéry, The Little Prince

“What a lovely thing a rose is!” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty

“This rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

“Where, you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.” – Author Unknown

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Do thou smile like the rose at loss and gain;
For the rose, though its petals be torn asunder,
Still smiles on, and it is never cast down.” – Rumi, The Masnavi

“The sweetest flower that blows, I give you as we part.
For you it is a Rose, For me it is my heart.” – Frederick Peterson

“Just remember, during the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, that there’s a seed that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes a rose.” – Leanne Rimes

“The quiet, singing voice of the rose. The song that promised all might be well, all might be well, that all manner of things might be well.” – Stephen King, The Wolves of the Calla

We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” – Henri Matisse

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