— E.E. Cummings, 100 Selected Poems
— Chuck Hagel United States Secretary of Defense 1946
Transcript: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1368, submitted by Robert Naiman on February 1, 2013 at Justforeignpolicy.org, accessed February 10, 2013.
— Jack Johnson (musician) American musician 1975
„And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers
Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.“
— Thomas Moore Irish poet, singer and songwriter 1779 - 1852
Oh think not my Spirits are always as light.
— Malcolm de Chazal Mauritian artist 1902 - 1981
„I want it said of me by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Recalled in a letter from Joshua Speed in Herndon's Lincoln (1890), p. 527 http://books.google.com/books?id=rywOAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA527&dq=%22plucked+a+thistle+and+planted+a+flower%22
„And she said...
"Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen."“
— Harry Chapin American musician 1942 - 1981
Flowers are Red
— Emily Giffin, Love the One You're With
„In the course of my life I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Quoted by Lord Normanbrook in Action This Day: Working With Churchill. Memoirs by Lord Norman Brook (And Others) http://books.google.com/books?id=qxchAAAAMAAJ&q=%22in+the+course+of+my+life+I+have+often+had+to+eat+my+words+and+I+must+confess+that+I+have+always+found+it+a+wholesome+diet%22&pg=PA28#v=onepage (1968) Often misquoted as: Eating my words has never given me indigestion. http://books.google.com/books?id=vbsU21fEhLAC&q=%22Eating+my+words+has+never+given+me+indigestion%22&pg=PA486#v=onepage.
— Arsène Houssaye French writer 1815 - 1896
Attributed to Houssaye in: Forty Thousand Sublime and Beautiful Thoughts Gathered from the Roses, Clover Blossoms, Geraniums, Violets, Morning-glories, and Pansies of Literature, Christian Herald, 1915.
„I do not ask that flowers should always spring
Beneath my feet
I know too well the poison and the sting
Of things too sweet.“
— Adelaide Anne Procter English poet and songwriter 1825 - 1864
"Per Pacem ad Lucem".