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Quotations About / On: FLOWER

  • 31.
    And so I will take back up my poor life, so plain and so tranquil, where phrases are adventures and the only flowers I gather are metaphors.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Correspondance, letter, Jan. 14, 1857, to Elisa Schlesinger (1926). During the trial over Madame Bovary.)
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  • 32.
    If I fail, it is difficult to believe that it matters. Poetry runs in our veins, and over the centuries will flower now here, now there. If it does not come from my pen it will come from another's.
    (Ruth Dallas (b. 1919), U.S. poet. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980).)
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  • 33.
    The fundamental steps of expansion that will open a person, over time, to the full flowering of his or her individuality are the same for both genders. But men and women are rarely in the same place struggling with the same questions at the same age.
    (Gail Sheehy (20th century), U.S. journalist. Passages, ch. 1 (1976).)
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  • 34.
    Crazy idea. Me laying flowers on the grave of him, after ten years of rememberin' to forget.
    (Philip Klein, Barry Connors, co-scenarist, Dudley Nichols, and John Ford. Hannah Jessop (Henrietta Grosman), Pilgrimage, recalling the she drove from home and into the army (1933). Based on the story "Gold Star Mother" by I.A.R. Wylie.)
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  • 35.
    Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
    (Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1955), Danish philosopher. The Journals of Soren Kierkegaard: A Selection, no. 37, entry for January 1836, ed. and trans. by Alexander Dru (1938).)
  • 36.
    A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Quoted in Illustrated London News (July 3, 1920).)
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  • 37.
    The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.
    (Louise Bogan (1897-1970), U.S. poet, critic. "Some Notes on Popular and Unpopular Art," (written 1943), published in Selected Criticism: Poetry and Prose (1955).)
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  • 38.
    Whether the flower looks better in the nosegay than in the meadow where it grew and we had to wet our feet to get it! Is the scholastic air any advantage?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, journal entry, January 27, 1852 (1906). Reflecting on the possible effect of editing his journals into essays.)
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  • 39.
    Here and there a bird sang, a rose silenced her expression of him, and all the gaga flowers wondered. But they puzzled the wanderer with their vague wearinesses.
    (John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Young Son.")
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  • 40.
    It is an odd jealousy: but the poet finds himself not near enough to his object. The pine-tree, the river, the bank of flowers before him, does not seem to be nature. Nature is still elsewhere.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nature," Essays: Second Series (1844).)
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