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.)
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).)
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).)
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.)