Reading a line, phrase or excerpt from a famous author, actor, poet, gardener, artist, or any inspiring person affirms our own beliefs and truths that we may have forgotten. Like pearls of wisdom, they seize our attention, creating a moment of lucid clarity that can inspire, motivate, or change our mindset. Quotes can be uplifting and apt reminders of how we would like to live our lives. Also, quotations can provide a new perspective in difficult times and give us a fresh approach that gladdens the heart and makes us feel enlivened. I hope you enjoy the following favourites from my collection.

Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.

“There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  “A rose is an argument. It proclaims the triumph of beauty over brutality, of gentleness over violence, of the ephemeral over the lasting, and of the universal over the particular. The same rose bursts into bloom on the North Cape and in the Sahara desert.

Alan Meilland

“Anyone who has time for drama is not gardening enough.”


My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.

Ina Garten

The agreeable task of culling the beauties of the english Literature, is like entering into a garden richly stocked with fruits and flowers. There is such an endless variety of blossoms on every side- so much to charm the eye, and woo the touch, that he who merely aims at arranging a suitable wreath, is apt to fail.


Gardening, like living, should be fun.

Christopher Lloyd Writer and gardener

Won’t you come into my garden? I want my roses to see you

Richard Sheridan

“Even more important than what she gave her garden was what it gave her. In it, she found a sense of calm.”

Kristin Hannah

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin

Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things

sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.     

“Gardening is a kind of disease. . . . When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.”

Lewis Gannit American Journalist and author

“Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. You are always living three, or indeed six, months hence. . . . To be content with the present, and not striving about the future, is fatal.”

Alice Morse Earle Old Time Gardens

“Gardens don’t just please the senses, they satisfy ones need for calm, privacy, balance, and stability; they allow one, no matter how weak or disenfranchised, to impose an order on the chaos and govern living things.”

Diane Ackerman

“To contemplate roses is to punctuate one’s days with poetry.” 

Annie-Sophie Rondeau- The Grand Rose Family

 “The eighteenth-century view of the garden was that it should lead the observer to the enjoyment of the aesthetic sentiments of regularity and order, proportion, colour and utility, and, furthermore, be capable of arousing feelings of grandeur, gaiety, sadness, wildness, domesticity, surprise and secrecy.”

Penelope Hobhouse-The Country Gardener

“[Gardening] is a means by which you can attain many valuable hours of solitude without being thought unsociable.”

Jan Struther 1946 A Pocketful of Pebbles

“Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized

Alan Armitage

“I named all my children after flowers. There is Lillie and Rose and my son, Artificial.”

Bert Williams

“I never promised you a rose garden.”

Traian Basescu

There may be many flowers in a man’s life, but there is only one rose.


The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.     

Paulo Coelho

“It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.

Edward Bulwer Lytton

But the rose leaves herself upon the brier, for winds to kiss and grateful bees to feed.

John Keats

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,     

Gertrude Stein

It was roses, roses all the way.

Robert Browning

Avoid being impatient. Remember time brings roses.


But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose

Most of us are too busy gardening to remember the pristine significance of the word, ‘garden’ which comes to us from the Persian, meaning ‘Paradise’. 


I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.

Eleanor Roosevelt

They are not long the days of wine and roses

Ernest Dawson Collected Poems

“…a work of art is like a rose. A rose is not beautiful because it is like something else. Neither is a work of art. Roses and works of art are beautiful in themselves.”

Clive Bell

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.

“How lovely the silence of growing things..”

Evan Dicken

And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose, And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows

Rudyard Kipling The Glory Of the Garden

Many things grow in the gardens, that were never sown there.

Thomas Fuller Gnomologia 1732

“It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important…People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Flowers make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”

Luther Burbank

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.     

Chinese Proverb

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.     

Emma Goldman

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.

John Erskine

“Teaching you how to grow a garden is better than giving you a thousand roses.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

“Just like the rose holds her beauty among the thorns- we can gather our strength from the most unlikely places.”

Christine Evangelou

“A rose is honored for its beauty, not its size.

Matshona Dhiliwayo

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

“A single rose can be my garden; a single friend, my world.”

Leo Buscaglia

Some things are more precious because they don’t last long

Oscar Wilde

 “Each garden has its own surprise.”

Susan Allan Toth

“Philosophy is inevitably learned in a garden.”

Helen Rutherford 1903

“As I work among my flowers, I find myself talking to them, reasoning and remonstrating with them, and adoring them as if they were human beings. Much laughter I provoke among my friends by so doing, but that is of no consequence. We are on such good terms, my flowers and I.”

Celia Thaxter – An Island Garden 1894

“With work in the garden care and worry vanish.”

Helen Rutherford Ely – A Women’s Hardy Garden 1903

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I work in the garden.

John Erskine

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.

Indian Proverb

I want real flowers, perennials, which not only grow and change and die, but also rise again and astonish me. A garden shouldn’t just bloom and look pretty; it should develop like the rest of life. Otherwise it, and we live only to be spaded under.

Emma L Roth Schwartz

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. –

Thomas Jefferson

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.     

Richard B Sheridan

What a lovely thing a rose is!     

Arthur Conan Doyle

The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends.     

Persian Proverb

Which is loveliest in a rose? Its coy beauty when it’s budding, or its splendor when it blows?     

George Barlow

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”

Leo Buscaglia

“Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent.”

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”

Henri Matisse

“Be like a rose; no matter how many thorns you encounter in life, bloom.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

” . . . a work of art is like a rose. A rose is not beautiful because it is like something else. Neither is a work of art. Roses and works of art are beautiful in themselves.”

Clive Bell

There may be many flowers in a man’s life, but there is only one rose.

“They are not long, the days of wine and roses.”

Ernest Dowson Collected Poems

To garden, you open your personal space to admit a few, a great many, or thousands of plants which exude charm, pleasure, beauty, oxygen, conversation, friendship, confidence, and other rewards should you succeed in meeting their basic needs. This is why people garden. It can be easy but challenging, and the rewards are priceless.

Tom Clothier

“If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime.”

Swedish Proverb

“Flowers make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”

Luther Burbank

“A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.”

Chinese Proverb

Gardener’s Recipe: One part soil, two parts water, and three parts wishful thinking

Successful gardening is doing what has to be done when it has to be done the way it ought to be done whether you want to do it or not.

Jerry Baker

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.

Gertrude Jekyll

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.

WE Johns

The more one gardens, the more one learns; And the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows.

Vita Sackville-West

Live each day as if it were your last, and garden as though you will live forever.

Scottish Proverb

The garden must first be prepared in the soul, or else it will not flourish.

English Proverb

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

There is no “End” to be written, neither can you, like an architect, engrave in stone the day the garden was finished. A painter can frame his picture, a composer can notate his coda, but a garden is always on the move.

Mirabel Osler

A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library.

Henri Frederic Amiel

“A life filled with love, must have some thorns, but a life empty of love will have no roses.”

What continues to astonish me about a garden is that you can walk past it in a hurry, see something wrong, stop to set it right, and emerge an hour or two later breathless, contented, and wondering what on earth happened.

Dorothy Gilman

There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare, or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.

Gertrude Jekyll

If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears.”

Isaac Hayes

A book of quotations… can never be complete.

Robert M Hamilton

Title quote by Abdelkader El Djezairi

If any quotation listed has no author cited it is anonymous or unknown.

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