I hate flowersI paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
(Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. artist. repr. In Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artist (1986). Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (April 18, 1954).
in answer to the remark, "How perfect to meet you with flowers in your hands!")
One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry for June 17, 1853 (1906).
The remark comes after a description of a visitor who "pestered" Thoreau "with his benignity.... They lick you as a cow her calf. They would fain wrap you about with their bowels.")