Roses in Pictures, Poetry, Song, Literature and Famous Quotes
Roses as Literary Metaphors
This hub is dedicated to my friend, Annette Donaldson, in honor of the publication of her memoir, "A Lancashire Rose Was Born a Thorn." Annette is known on Hub Pages as thebluestar, and she is a very talented author.
Like many of the quotes in this hub, the title of her book is a perfect rose metaphor for life. Some girls are born under thorny circumstances, endure difficult childhoods yet still manage to grow into beautiful women.
Annette was born out of wedlock, never knew her father and spent much of her childhood caring for her mother who was battling, and eventually died from cancer while Annette was still a teenager. This hub is for you Annette. You are still a beautiful Lancashire Rose and always will be.
"At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses." ~ Ellen Key, Swedish writer 1849 - 1926.
"Truths and roses have thorns about them." ~ Henry David Thoreau, American author 1817- 1862.
"I think life is full of challenges and problems. I don't believe that anyone is perfect. We all make mistakes. It's not a bed of roses, and you have to work real hard at it." ~Nigel Mansell, British athlete born in 1953.
"Some people are always grumbling about roses having thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." ~ Alphonse Karr, French critic 1808 - 1890.
"The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses." ~ Ovid, Roman poet born 43 BC.
One Perfect Rose
Red, Red Rose
Roses in Poetry
Many poets have written about roses. Some, like poet Dorothy Parker in her poem titled, "One Perfect Rose," write about the pure perfection of a single, carefully chosen rose:
"A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet -
One perfect rose."
Others write effusive poetry comparing the beauty of their human lover to a rose such as this verse from the Robert Burns poem called, "A Red, Red Rose:"
"O MY Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune."
And some write about roses who have lost their bloom but are ever present in our memory as in the following verse from poet Walter de la Mare's: "When the Rose is Faded:"
"When the rose is faded,
Memory may still dwell on
Her beauty shadowed,
And the sweet smell gone."
Roses Perfect and Faded
Quotes About Roses & Writing
Some quotes acknowledge the difficulties that face all writers who must come up with original material again and again even when they have no immediate inspiration to do so:
"We all agree now that 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." ~ Olive Bell, English critic 1881 - 1964.
"The hardest part of writing is sitting your ass down in a chair and just writing. There's always something better to do, like I've got an interview, sharpening pencils, trimming roses." ~ Jerry Pournelle, writer.
Every Rose is Beautiful
Song: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
All Roses are Beautiful
Some roses are carefully cultivated and exhibited in stunning gardens or used to provide decorations for lavish affairs while others grow untended cropping up with no assistance from humans, but rather following God's intended plan for their growth. My personal belief is that all roses are beautiful and I suspect that if we saw them through God's eyes they'd all be equally beautiful and loved.
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today." ~ Dale Carnegie, American playwright 1888 - 1955.
Stunning Ice Sculpture & Rose Trellis Background
Roses Young and Old
Quotes About Roses, Love And Age
Quotes about roses and love can be beautifully romantic such as:
"My lady's presence makes the roses red, because to see her lips they flush for shame." ~ Henry Constable, English poet 1562 - 1613.
Or they can be mildly humorous:
"Though youth gave love and roses, age still leaves us friends and wine." ~ Thomas More, English author 1478 - 1535.
Or nostalgic and tinged with the frustration that words and the memory of something are never as exquisite as the initial experience of it:
"Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume." ~ Arthur Miller, American playwright 1915 - 2005
Philosophical Quotes About Roses
Some philosophical quotes are full of wisdom that could improve our lives if we ponder their meaning and follow their implied advice:
"We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory." ~ Bern Williams.
"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round." ~ Ben Hogan, American athlete 1912 - 1997.
And some philosophical quotes express a touch of sardonic humor such as this one:
"An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." ~ H.L. Mencken, American writer 1880- 1956.
Political Quotes About Roses
Some of the most unlikely quotes I found about roses were written by political leaders and activists such as this tongue in cheek quote about treaties:
"Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last." ~ Charles de Gaulle, French leader 1890 -1920.
And this short, but to the point, revolutionary quote:
"Revolution is no bed of roses." ~ Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary and Dictator.
The following political quote shows how the passage of time can radically change the public's view of an activist, in this case for the better:
"This is rather different from the receptions I used to get 50 years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses." Susan B. Anthony, American Activist for women's rights, 1820 - 1906.
Hope You Enjoyed This Hub
I hope you have enjoyed these photos and quotes about roses and have also been inspired to read Annette Donaldson's memoir, "A Lancashire Rose is Born a Thorn."
Amazon.com 5 Star Book Reviews
To read three 5 star reviews of "A Lancashire Rose Was Born a Thorn," including one I wrote go to the following link:
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5 Star reviews of A Lancashire Rose Was Born a Thorn including one written by Happyboomernurse.
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