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Happy Sunflower Quotes and Sayings

Updated on May 18, 2016
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Every time I read a book, I love to jot down and record my favorite quotes in it. There is a sentiment to match every mood.

A Favorite Selection of Cheerful Sunflower Quotations, Poems and Sayings to Help Brighten Your Day

I adore sunflowers because they are such a cheerful and happy flower to gaze upon at any time of the year. This is a pick of my favorite sunflower themed quotes and sayings on this delightful and charming yellow flower. If you are in want of a real dose of sunshine to make you feel especially good about yourself, you should get just that with this brilliantly positive and optimistic page that you can browse through and to enjoy.

Apart from providing a wonderful warm feeling in your heart, these sentiments and sayings are also particularly useful for all your artistic and crafty projects that you might be working on. You can add these phrases to your handmade projects such as cards, scrapbook pages and handwritten notes and letters. That way you can spread around some cheer yourself. Read through these delightful and heartfelt words and banish the winter blues forever!

If you are a fan and love this amazing plant half as much as I do, you should really enjoy looking through this highly uplifting and positive page. Everyone is in need of a ray of sunshine and especially on a cloudy and miserable day. Inspiring words can do a lot to lift your mood. Not only that but they also make wonderful sentiments to share online. Put them on social media for others to enjoy as well. Enjoy this beautiful selection of sunflower quotations.

Sunflower in field of flowers
Sunflower in field of flowers

True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.

— Marie Williams Johnstone

Sunflower Quotations and Sayings

"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock."

~ Henry Ward Beecher

"And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood." ~ William Cullen Bryant

"Which makes it ironic my favourite flower isn't even indigenous to the British Isles, let alone Yorkshire. I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life."

~ Calendar Girls 2003 Movie

"The gaudy leonine sunflower

Hangs black and barren on its stalk

And down the windy garden walk

The dead leaves scatter - hour by hour"

~ Oscar Wilde

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you."

~ Maori Proverb

"Light-enchanted sunflower, thou

Who gazest ever true and tender

On the sun's revolving splendour."

~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca,

"As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them."

~ Henry Ward Beecher

"True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time."

~ Marie Williams Johnstone

"The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame

To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame;

It was not sleep that made him nod, he said,

But too great weight and largeness of his head."

~ Abraham Cowley

Ah Sunflower Poem William Blake
Ah Sunflower Poem William Blake

The Sunflower by William Blake

Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,

Who countest the steps of the sun;

Seeking after that sweet golden clime,

Where the traveller's journal done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,

And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,

Arise from their graves, and aspire

Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

This delightful and happy looking yellow flower is one of the best flowers that you can use to gift to someone who is in need of a friendly pick-me-up. Help to put a smile onto someone's face by giving them a bunch of sunflowers. This makes a wonderful gift for a friend.

Wrap a bow around these freshly picked flowers. Some cheerful and bright yellow color ribbon such as gingham, checked or spotty would look great and deliver it all with a smile. It is hard for someone not to feel happy and optimistic when they look at this beautiful and positive flower.

Bee on a sunflower plant
Bee on a sunflower plant

"The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy."

~ Thomas Bulfinch

"I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers."

~ Vincent Van Gogh

"Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."

~ Helen Keller

"Son flowers are the joy of my life." ~ Unknown Author

"It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,

And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,

That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,

To which time will but make thee more dear!

Oh the heart that has truly loved never forgets,

But as truly loves on to the close,

As the sunflower turns to her god when he sets

The same look which she turned when he rose!"

~ Thomas Moore

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do." ~ Helen Keller

"The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds - the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall."

~ Chuck Jones

"Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows."

~ Jean Paul Richter

"With zealous step he climbs the upland lawn,

And bows in homage to the rising dawn;

Imbibes with eagle eye the golden ray,

And watches, as it moves, the orb of day."

~ Erasmus Darwin

"Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, And life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light."

~ Eugenio Montale

"Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets."

~ Edna Ferber

"Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand,

And on the sun's noon-glory gaze;

With eye like his, thy lids expand,

And fringe their disk with golden rays:

Though fix'd on earth, in darkness rooted there,

Light is thy element, thy dwelling air,

Thy prospect heaven."

~ James Montgomery

Sunflower against a fence and blue country sky
Sunflower against a fence and blue country sky

My Attempts at Being Green-Fingered Often Fail Miserably

I really adore bright and cheerful yellow plants. However, friends and family know that I am not all that good at growing things. I've tried to grow flowers lots of times. I've even tried growing plants that people say cannot fail. Sadly, I am living proof that they can fail. I thought I'd be able to grow a cactus since these don't require very much in the way of care. Unfortunately even those were a failure.

Last year, my daughter brought some sunflower seeds back from school. I was determined that we would be able to grow them. And we did! It's not the best example of its kind but I managed to keep one sunflower plant alive. I'll never be much of a gardener but that was a good moment for me. We watched this plant grow against all hope really. Sometimes we can be better at something than we really give ourselves credit for. Being able to grow something finally gave me hope. The message I took from the whole experiment was that sheer perseverance can pay off in the end. It made my daughter very happy too.

© 2011 Marie

Your Comments: Have You Got a Favorite Sunflower Saying to Share?

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      liss Silverwing 3 years ago

      found your article while looking for a quote for my painting . i wish u could see it :)

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      I simply can't pick a favorite - it's like trying to pick a favorite sunflower blossom from my garden of a few hundred plants. I am so inspired by them.

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Lovely lens.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      @susan369: Me too! Yes they are great for crafty projects - someone used a quote once to paint on an outdoor bench. Great idea. Thanks for your visit.

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      susan369 3 years ago

      I love sunflowers and I love quotes! So what could be better than sunflower quotes! What a great idea! I might have to pinch some of these to use it in my projects!

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      What a lovely idea! This brightened my day, thank you!

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      andreea22 3 years ago

      What a great and optimistic lens! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a beautiful lens. I do love sunflowers.

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      gpbryan 3 years ago

      I saw this quote years ago, I still have it written on a faded piece of paper: "As the sunflower turns its face toward the sun, following faithfully the path of light...May we turn our hearts to the Son, following faithfully his path of righteousness."

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      Marie 3 years ago

      @ecogranny: That is a really wonderful perception, Grace. Helen Keller was an extraordinary woman and that would not surprise me at all that she might indeed have done this. Thank you for your visit, you're always a very welcome guest :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I was struck by Helen Keller's quotation, trying to imagine what she could know of sunflowers, and then I realized that she must have spent some time touching them at different hours of the day and recognizing that they always turned their faces toward the sun she could feel hot on her face or back. How quickly something so short and small as a few remembered words can change one, for I feel as though I have just spent the last thirty minutes in mediation.

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      My friend painted a really pretty with sunflowers. <3

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      jolou 3 years ago

      What a cheerful and happy page. I love sunflowers because of their bright color and association with summer.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      @joseph-sottile-16: Thank you, that's a great quote.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      @jolou: Thank you, that was exactly my intention to create a really cheerful and happy page :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @Moon-Light: yes! Its Very good post, informative and thorough.

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      joseph-sottile-16 4 years ago

      This lens is worth visiting more than once...I love this quote: "Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."

      ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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      joseph-sottile-16 4 years ago

      Sunflowers are great flowers.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      I love sunflowers. They always make me feel like summer.

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      David Edward Lynch 5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Sunflowers are so bright and beautiful, love them

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      MarieWilliamsJohnstone 5 years ago

      @Moon-Light: Thank you moon-light :)

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      Moon-Light 5 years ago

      A very good article for people who love flowers!

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      MarieWilliamsJohnstone 5 years ago

      @CherylK: Thank you very much, Cheryl. I appreciate it :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent! I had no idea there were so many quotes about sunflowers! Helen Keller's quote is one of my favorites. I'm Squid liking this and also linking it to my quotations lens. Nice work!

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      MarieWilliamsJohnstone 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you, sunflowers are the ideal moodlifting flower :)

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Sunflowers are source of art and culture but also important source of food for man, particularly in desert areas in USA. Congrads on your Squidoo level 60. Conversations helps with deeper undestanding. Thanks.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a pretty and uplifting lens.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      @waldenthreenet: Yes I love the fact that Sunflowers are a perfect mix of beauty and usefulness too :)

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @indigoj: Thank you, what a lovely comment. I really appreciate your visit to my sunflower pages.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      The sunflower is the happiest flower of all! And this is a happy, sunny page with lovely quotes and sunflower gifts.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: I do love sunflowers because they're such a happy flower and they fit with the way I like to be. Thanks for visiting.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @EMangl: Thank you so much.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Awesome sunflower quotes. So you're a sunflower niche writer. Very cool!

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      what a sweet lens!

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Aren't they just! Thanks for stopping by my sunflower quotes page.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      A lovely, enchanting page filled with sunshine. Sunflowers are the friendliest of flowers. :-)

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much for your visit - I really and truly appreciate it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love anything sunflowers, glad to have browsed onto your lens ... if you like to browse too, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @juditpaton: Your visit and your comment on my sunflower quotes page is very much appreciated, thank you :)

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @hysongdesigns: Thank you so much, that's so kind of you. I'm thinking that we like similar things!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      so beautiful lens...I am a sunflower fan, and now i got very new ideas how to get sunflower in my house. Thank you.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      very nice; I'm going to add it to the featured lenses on my Cheerful Sunny Sunflowers lens! How fun; we both picked a couple of the same items for our Sunflower lenses.