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Quotes About Sunflowers

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Vincent van Gogh
“The sunflower is mine, in a way.”
Vincent van Gogh

Willa Cather
“The new country lay open before me: there were no fences in those days, and I could choose my own way over the grass uplands, trusting the pony to get me home again. Sometimes I followed the sunflower-bordered roads. Fuchs told me that the sunflowers were introduced into that country by the Mormons; that at the time of the persecution when they left Missouri and struck out into the wilderness to find a place where they could worship God in their own way, the members of the first exploring party, crossing the plains to Utah, scattered sunflower seeds as they went. The next summer, when the long trains of wagons came through with all the women and children, they had a sunflower trail to follow. I believe that botanists do not confirm Jake's story but, insist that the sunflower was native to those plains. Nevertheless, that legend has stuck in my mind, and sunflower-bordered roads always seem to me the roads to freedom.”
Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Richard Brautigan
“There are not too many fables about man's misuse of sunflower seeds.”
Richard Brautigan, The Tokyo-Montana Express

“Sunflowers, Not Facing the Sun (A Poem)

I stand tall
As gracious as one could be
Blooming to my best
As slender as it touches my being
Everyone else is facing the sun
Bending towards its unfathomable galore
They and I are both undoubtedly
Grown on the benevolence of life’s essence
The brighter side mercilessly feeding desires unbound
By daunting the “courage to know” with each spin
Though, I am not able to face the sun the way they do
Yet, I learn from the knowledge bred within me
Beyond achievement markers, but an adverse ability
An opportunity to exercise my special self
From the cherubic attire of my blessed soul
To the unfathomable mystery the drape of this world hides
That I, by not facing the sun
Hunt the gems in the milieu of the human existence”
Annie Ali

“And to this day I love endless landscapes, big horizons, sunflowers, and narcissi.”
Gisela Hausmann "Naked Determination 41 Stories About Overcoming Fear"

“I need sunflowers! I walk many miles, trying to find some. If they're fresh, I kiss their honey faces. If they're dried, I put them on my windowsill, where they continue glowing.

I saw a gigantic sunflower in a garden in Tempelhof. I can't risk stealing it, so I ask the owner to sell it to me. He lets me have it for free.

I carry it by its light-green six-foot stem from Tempelhof to Brandenburgische Strasse. Its black, sticky face is framed by radiant yellow petals, while I wear jeans as blue as cornflowers and a T-shirt as red as poppy. I got both items from someone who has a friend in America. Since it's summer, I go barefoot.

It's Sunday, and the streets are full of strollers. I try to escape people by using side streets, for no matter where I go they all laugh at me and my sunflower.

To avoid running this gauntlet, I break off the head of the sunflower, press its face to my chest like a baby's, and jog on toward Wilmersdorf.

I try to climb into a bus, but the conductor can't help entertaining the passengers with stupid remarks about me and my sunflower. They roar with mirth. I leap off the moving bus.

The street becomes more and more unbearable. I'm so bewildered and offended by the brutality and narrowmindedness of these people who laugh at me and my sunflower that, surrounded by all these pedestrians, I see no other solution than to tear the yellow sunflower head to pieces and run away.”
Klaus Kinski, Kinski Uncut

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