Quotes About Thorns

Quotes tagged as "thorns" (showing 1-29 of 29)
Anne Brontë
“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
Anne Brontë

Alphonse Karr
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

Mark  Lawrence
“We die a little every day and by degrees we’re reborn into different men, older men in the same clothes, with the same scars.”
Mark Lawrence, King of Thorns

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“For millions of years flowers have been producing thorns. For millions of years sheep have been eating them all the same. And it's not serious, trying to understand why flowers go to such trouble to produce thorns that are good for nothing? It's not important, the war between the sheep and the flowers? It's no more serious and more important than the numbers that fat red gentleman is adding up? Suppose I happen to know a unique flower, one that exists nowhere in the world except on my planet, one that a little sheep can wipe out in a single bite one morning, just like that, without even realizing what he'd doing - that isn't important? If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that's enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself 'My flower's up there somewhere...' But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it's as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn't important?”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

C. JoyBell C.
“Some people are like thorns. But you have to let them be thorns, because thorns can't turn into petals. The trick is not letting them prick you; never let a thorn prick you!”
C. JoyBell C.

Nema Al-Araby
“I'd rather let you cover all my roads with thorns than with dead roses.”
Nema Al-Araby

Jarod Kintz
“A rose is a mixture of flower and thorns, which means it’s half “Let’s fuck,” and half “fuck you.”
Jarod Kintz, The Merits of Marthaism, and How Being Named Susan Can Benefit You

“Roses and thorns are parts of the same plant. Somehow though, some people are concerned mainly about the roses. The rose is not on the plant for more than a week, but the thorns are there forever.
Roses are teaching that the beauty of life will bloom, once you have taught yourself the lessons given by living with the thorns.”
Grigoris Deoudis

Charles Martin
“He picked up one of Lorna's roses and set it in my lap. "Here." I picked it up and smelled it. He poked me in the shoulder. "See what I mean? Thorns don't stop you from sniffing. Or putting them in a vase on the kitchen table. You work around them.... Cause the rose is worth it... Think what you'd miss.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies

Tom Wilson
“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can be grateful that thorn bushes have roses.”
Tom Wilson, Plants Are Some of My Favorite People!!

Anthony Liccione
“One can talk good and shower down roses, but it's the receiver that has to walk through the thorns, and all its false expectations.”
Anthony Liccione

Ilona Andrews
“I mean to have you, Rose, you and all of your thorns. I'm a disagreeable and stubborn bastard, but I'm not a fool. You didn't really expect me to pass you up, did you?”
Ilona Andrews, On the Edge

Mark  Lawrence
“I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we're born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you're strangers. Maybe that's what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

J. Aleksandr Wootton
“Why are roses kept for their blossoms rather than shunned for their thorns?”
J. Aleksandr Wootton, Her Unwelcome Inheritance

John Barnes
“This is not the way these tales end," Calliope said firmly.
"This is not the way that things end when they get to be tales," Amatus said, "but since ours is not yet told, we cannot count on it. There were a hundred dead princes on the thorns outside Sleeping Beauty's castle, and I'm sure many of them were splendid fellows.”
John Barnes, One for the Morning Glory

Patricia A. McKillip
“What are the thorns really telling her? It's why she won't let us see them, why she clings to them--or they cling to her--as though she got herself buried in a bramble thicket and she can't get out and we can't get in to free her.”
Patricia A. McKillip, Alphabet of Thorn

Richelle E. Goodrich
Why Roses Crave Thorns"

Petals detach from a wilting bud—a single stem plucked before fully blossomed. They descend in hesitant swirls, too soft and limp to shatter like teardrops. One by one they light to blanket a single shadow below.

She is a rose, young and innocent, with beauty incomparable to shame all others. She has flowered enough to stop the observer in his tracks, awestruck. He is compelled to reach out and touch. The petals delight at a silken caress, her bud everything desirable but defenseless—without a sharp edge to make an admirer pause, to warn the intrusive hand. ‘Stay back! Stay back!’

His fingers curl around the stem to tug, and suddenly the rose craves a thorn.

It is madness not to want her and yet madness to cut her down. Let the flower thrive and blush to someday flaunt layers of silken favors! But the world will not have it. A single stem is severed in a selfish moment of desire—a yearning to hold and possess.

Alone and forgotten her petals cry, raining in hesitant swirls where they accumulate to blanket her shadow below. Dry, withered, craving the thorns. Beautiful no more.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

Terry A O'Neal
“It’s a thorny road for dreamers and poets who fantasize of majestic places and deep-seated desires of the heart that their hands may never hold.”
Terry A O'Neal

“I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we're born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you're strangers. Maybe that's what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.”
Mark Lawrence, The Broken Empire Series

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“And if not for the caterpillars and butterflies, who will I talk to? You'll be far away. And as for larger creatures, I'm not afraid. I have my thorns...to protect me.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Charlotte Brontë
“I thought that a fairer era of life was beginning for me, one that was to have its flowers and pleasures, as well as its thorns and toils. My faculties, roused by the change of scene, the new field offered to hope, seemed all astir. I cannot precisely define what they expected, but it was something pleasant: not perhaps that day or month, but at an indefinite future period.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Jarod Kintz
“I have rose-colored glasses. The frames have thorns.”
Jarod Kintz

Laura Gentile
“Crime scenes of pure sex, thorns on her body, blow-dry.”
Laura Gentile, Seraphic Addiction

“I have brought you the rose of love, and you have crowned me, in these dark hours, with their thorns.”
sir kristian goldmund aumann, The Seven Deadly Sins

Alphonse Karr
“De leur meilleur côté tâchons de voir les choses:
Vous vous plaignez de voir les rosiers épineux;
Moi je me réjouis et rends grâces aux dieux
Que les épines aient des roses.”
Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

“A confident and self assured woman is like a plant with thorns. Try to pluck and it will cause you a drop of blood.”
Shabnam Sinha
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John Everson
“If you don't feel the pointed things in life, you'll soon take the soft ones for granted.”
John Everson, Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions

“Love is like a rose. So beautiful to look at, yet so painful to touch.”

“Do you know why the leaves change colour, Makin?" They did look spectacular. The forest had grown around us as we traveled and the canopy burned with colour, from deepest red to flame orange, an autumn fire spreading in defiance of the rain.
"I don't know," he said, "Why do they change?"
"Before a tree sheds a leaf it pumps it full of all the poison it can't rid itself of otherwise. That red there--that's a man's skin blotching with burst veins after an assassin spikes his last meal with roto--weed. The poison spreading through him before he dies.”
Mark Lawrence Emperor of Thorns

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