Roses Sayings and Quotes

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

A rose's rarest essence lives in the thorn.


A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

Chinese Proverb

The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.

John Boyle O'Reilly

It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

But he that dares not grasp the thorn. Should never crave the rose.

Anne Bronte

If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime.

Swedish Proverb

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.     

Paulo Coelho

A rose to the living is more than sumptuous wreaths to the dead.

Nixon Waterman

We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting.

Charles Bukowski

But the rose leaves herself upon the brier, For winds to kiss and grateful bees to feed.

John Keats

If the rose puzzled its mind over the question how it grew, it would not have been the miracle that it is.     

J. B. Yeats

Take time to smell the roses.


Roses fall, but the thorns remain.

Dutch Proverb

Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.


The rose is a flower of love. The world has acclaimed it for centuries. Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant. White roses are for love dead or forsaken, but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant.     


A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true.

Ray Evans

One rose is enough for the dawn.

Edmond Jabes

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.

Emma Goldman

Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.     

Edmund Spenser

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.

George Eliot

Truths and roses have thorns about them.

Henry David Thoreau

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.


The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms.     

Angelus Silesius

You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will, But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.

Thomas Moore

No rose without a thorn.

French Proverb

A rose dreams of enjoying the company of bees, but none appears. The sun asks: Aren't you tired of waiting Yes, answers the rose, but if I close my petals, I will wither and die.

Paulo Coelho

There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to killing a rose is to force it open when it is still only the promise of a bud.

Jos_ Saramago

Rose never propagandize its fragrant, but its own fragrance spreads surrounding.     


A rose, isn't quite as beautiful as it once was, when after its thorn pricks you.     

Anthony Liccione

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