Quotations About / On: FLOWER

  • 41.
    By some might be said of me that here I have but gathered a nosegay of strange flowers, and have put nothing of mine unto it but the thread to bind them.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Physiognomy," bk. 3, ch. 12, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588). Montaigne's essays are full of classical quotations.)
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  • 42.
    September: it was the most beautiful of words, he'd always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret.
    (Alexander Theroux (b. 1940), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Darconville's Cat, ch. 2, New York, Doubleday (1981).)
  • 43.
    ... a country encapsulates our childhood and those lanes, byres, fields, flowers, insects, suns, moons and stars are forever reoccurring.
    (Edna O'Brien (b. c. 1932), Irish author; relocated to England. Mother Ireland, ch. 7 (1976).)
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  • 44.
    Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.
    (Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. speech, Feb. 27, 1957, Peking. Quoted in Quotations of Chairman Mao (1966).)
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  • 45.
    The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. It later entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Seraphita, chapter III, First published as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), then the Etudes philosophiques (1835). Explanation of Swedenborg's philosophy.)
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  • 46.
    The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest where all human things ... have their beginnings; but the seed never explains the flower.
    (Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. The Greek Way, ch. 1 (1930).)
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  • 47.
    Gold is the gift of vanity and common pride, but flowers are the gift of love and friendship.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Phaon, in Sappho, act 2, sc. 5 (1819).)
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  • 48.
    Let us not only scatter benefits, but even strew flowers for our fellow-travellers, in the rugged ways of this wretched world.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Nov. 7, 1765, Chesterfield's Letters to his Son and Others, p. 290, London, Dent (1796). Written to his godson Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl (1755-1815), a distant relative of Chesterfield's, who eventually became his heir and successor.)
  • 49.
    Flower Belle! What a euphonious appellation! Easy on the ears and a banquet for the eyes!
    (Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, reaction after hearing Flower Belle Lee's (Mae West) name (1940).)
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  • 50.
    The desert encroaches on the garden. No matter. Sand will do as well as flowers.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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