Lily Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lily quotes, lily sayings, and lily proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is a garden in her eyes where roses and white lilies flow.     

Thomas Campion

But who will watch my lilies, When their blossoms open white? By day the sun shall be sentry, And the moon and the stars by night!     

Bayard Taylor

Consider the lilies of the field whose bloom is brief: We are as they; Like them we fade away As doth a leaf.     

Christina Rossetti

The rose is the flower and handmaiden of love - the lily, her fair associate, is the emblem of beauty and purity.     

Dorothea Dix

And the stately lilies stand Fair in the silvery light, Like saintly vestals, pale in prayer; Their pure breath sanctifies the air, As its fragrance fills the night.     

Julia C.R. Dorr

It is not growing like a tree in bulk, doth make man better be; Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: A lily of a day is fairer far in May, Although it falls and die that night—It was the plant and flower of Light.     

Ben Jonson

Is not this lily pure? What fuller can procure A white so perfect, spotless clear As in this flower doth appear?     

Francis Quarles

I would far rather have two or three lilies of the valley gathered for me by a person I like, than the most expensive bouquet that can be bought.     

Elizabeth Gaskell

A lily of a day Is fairer far in May, Although it fall and die that night, It was the plant and flower of light. In small proportions we just beauties see, And in short measures life may perfect be.     

Ben Jonson

A lily or a rose never pretends, and its beauty is that it is what it is.     

Jiddu Krishnamurti

As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.     

Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Look to the lilies how they grow! 'Twas thus the Saviour said, that we, Even in the simplest flowers that blow, God's ever-watchful care might see.     

David Macbeth Moir

When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden.     

Carlos Santana

In a marshland amongst the crocodiles, there float beautiful water lilies! Even in the Hell, one can find the good and the beauty.     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth, Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth, Faith is like a lily, lifted high and white, Love is like a lovely rose, the world’s delight. Harebells and sweet lilies show a thornless growth, But the rose with all its thorns excels them both.     

Christina Rossetti

Those virgin lilies, all the night Bathing their beauties in the lake, That they may rise more fresh and bright, When their beloved sun's awake.     

Thomas Moore

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up, And slips into the bosom of the lake; So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip Into my bosom, and be lost in me.     

Alfred Tennyson

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,The humble sheep a threat’ning horn: While the Lily white shall in love delight, Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.     

William Blake

Very whitely still The lilies of our lives may reassure Their blossoms from their roots, accessible Alone to heavenly dews that drop not fewer; Growing straight out of man's reach, on the hill. God only, who made us rich, can make us poor.     

Elizabeth Barett Browning

O lovely lily clean, O lily springing green, O lily bursting white, Dear lily of delight, Spring in my heart agen That I may flower to men.     

Masefield

Look to the lilies how they grow! 'Twas thus the Saviour said, that we, Even in the simplest flowers that blow, God's ever-watchful care might see.     

Moir

I wish I were the lily's leaf To fade upon that bosom warm, Content to wither, pale and brief, The trophy of thy paler form.     

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I remained lost in oblivion; My face I reclined on the Beloved. All ceased and I abandoned myself, leaving my cares forgotten among the lilies.     

John of the Cross