Quotations About / On: FLOWER

  • 41.
    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.)
  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Why not a space flower? Why do we always expect metal ships?
    (W.D. Richter (b. 1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Philip Kaufman. Nancy Bellicec (Veronica Cartwright), Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, suggesting that alien life forms are using plant spores to invade Earth (1978).)
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  • 45.
    Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Narrator, in A Woman of Thirty, The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. V, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971).)
  • 46.
    War is a most uneconomical, foolish, poor arrangement, a bloody enrichment of that soil which bears the sweet flower of peace ...
    (M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 5 (1897).)
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  • 47.
    The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she's treated.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced, in German, 1913). Eliza Doolittle, in Pygmalion, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
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  • 48.
    Butterflies ... not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.
    (Elizabeth Goudge (1900-1984), British novelist. The Child from the Sea, bk. 1, pt. 2, ch. 1 (1970).)
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    Paradox is the poisonous flower of quietism, the iridescent surface of the rotting mind, the greatest depravity of all.
    (Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, pp. 221-222, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Settembrini warning Hans Castorp of paradox.)
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