Lilac Sayings and Quotes

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


If the lilacs bloomed earlier, it could mean we had a milder winter, so look out for potential insect outbreaks.     

David Wolfe

I cannot understand why my arm is not a lilac tree.     

Leonard Cohen

April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.      

T.S. Eliot

May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself.     

Marty Rubin

Philosophy: a purple bullfinch in a lilac tree.     

T. S. Eliot

And the lost heart stiffens and rejoices in the lost lilac and the lost sea voices and the weak spirit quickens to rebel for the bent golden-rod and the lost sea smell quickens to recover.     

T. S. Eliot

When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd, And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night, I mourn'd—and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.     

Walt Whitman

The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future.     

Margaret Millar

Lilacs are May in essence.      

Jean Hersey

Lilac makes on occasion a sound between a sniff and a snort that's as damning as all improper words in the language and, like them, can't be written down.     

Leslie Ford

The true beloveds of this world are in their lover's eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favorite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory.     

Truman Capote

Strive not for beauty of raiment, nor for stately dwellings…behold the lilac.     

L.E. Modesitt Jr.

The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is - to bloom.      

Yevgeny Zamyatin

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart; I breathe at this hour the fragrance of the lilacs, the violets, and the roses, as at twenty years ago.     

Victor Hugo

A faint smell of lilac filled the air. There was always lilac in this part of town. Where there were grandmothers, there was always lilac.     

Laura Miller

When you chopped logs with the ax and they split open they smelled beautiful, like Christmas. But when you split someone's head open it smelled like abattoir and quite overpowered the scent of the wild lilacs you'd cut and brought into the house only this morning, which was already another life.     

Kate Atkinson

Fear is a slinking cat I find beneath the lilacs of my mind.     

Sophie Tunnell

When you're on top and you lead the parade, everyone's there throwing lilies and lilac water on your head. But when those parades have gone by and there's a storm in your heart, there are very few people that are going to sit there and listen to you bemoan life.     

Sylvester Stallone

Nothing is more wistful than the scent of lilac, nor more robust than its woody stalk, for we must remember that it is a tree as well as a flower, we must try not to forget this.     

Stevie Smith

Snow is bruised lilac in half light: such pure solace.     

David Mitchell