This snowy January day makes me yearn for roses, the wonderfully scented varieties that bloom in the garden on a glorious June morning.~

“Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.”~Mark Overby

“You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Life is a rose; beware of the thorns.”
“Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent.”
~Proverb Quote

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.”
~ Victor Hugo

“The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.”

“Love is like a rose. It looks beautiful on the outside…but there is always pain hidden somewhere.”

“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 splendor of the rose and the whitness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its lovliness.”
~Therese of Lisieux
“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.”

“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.” Persian Proverb
“If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime.” Swedish Proverb

“Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night’s gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.” Susan Coolidge

Their lips were four red roses on a stalk. ~William Shakespeare
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

And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies.
~Christopher Marlowe

The rose that lives its little hour
Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.

Here bloom red roses, dewy wet,
And beds of fragrant mignonette.
~Elaine Goodale

The rose is fairest when ’tis budding new,
And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.
- Sir Walter Scott

She wore a wreath of roses,
The night that first we met.
~Thos. Haynes Bayly

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Abraham Lincoln

This old world that we’re livin’ in
Is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But – ain’t the roses sweet?
Frank Stanton

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
~Emma Goldman
God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.
~J. M. Barrie

“You are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you–the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Love is like the wild rose-briar;
Friendship like the holly-tree.
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms,
But which will bloom most constantly?”
~Emily Bronte

They are not, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream,
Our path emerges for a while, then closes,
Within a dream.”~Ernest Dowson

And she was fair as is the rose in May.” ~Geoffrey Chaucer

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” ~Henry David Thoreau


  1. Toni V.S. // January 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM  

    The year I moved to California, I bought a Peace rose, keeping it in a pot on my balcony. Every year, it had one bloom except for the fourth year when it sported two. When I moved back to Nebraska, I brought it with me. It survived only a few months before giving up completely after 10 years. It was almost like losing a friend.

    Love roses, miss the fact that there's no balcony now to keep them on.

  2. Mary Ricksen // January 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

    I love roses! It's hard to grow them down here.
    I once had a green rose bush, a black one and a green one. They all were so pretty when they bloomed. They didn't have much scent though. I love the scent of a good rose. It's just beautiful!
    Never got roses for a gift, wouldn't mind though!!!

  3. Barbara Monajem // January 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM  

    How beautiful. I wish their scent could be captured in pictures!

  4. Beth Trissel // January 30, 2011 at 2:49 PM  

    Sorry too, Toni. Mary, you can grow roses at your mountain home in NC. Barbara, I wish so too.

  5. Joanne // January 30, 2011 at 3:34 PM  

    What a beautiful post. I'm in SC, and our home has several beautiful red rose bushes in the front yard I can't take the credit for the planting, but will take the credit for enjoying.

  6. Mary Marvella // January 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM  

    Like a breath of Spring! FYI, I was an Overby! Toni would remember that.

    Where did you find that quote? Looks like one of my relatives is a published author.

  7. Beth Trissel // January 31, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

    Thanks Joanne and MM. :) Ah, spring.

  8. Nightingale // January 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

    The pictures are beautiful! And the quotes made my day.

  9. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 1, 2011 at 1:25 AM  

    Beth, what lovely pictures. You make me long for summer and my grandmother's roses. We have to move her rose bush from the old house to the new one. Where I go, Ma Ma's roses go. This is a gentle reminder that I need to get it done before spring.

  10. Judy // February 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM  

    Great photos...Roses are so beautiful. At one of the houses we lived in, my husband had a couple of rose bushes and would bring me one in the morning...Nice...

  11. Mona Risk // February 2, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

    Beth, I love the pictures. I could almost smell these roses. I used to bring my Mom a bouquet of roses every week. We put it on her table in front of her recliner. She said it was her little garden. I stopped buying roses. They remind me too much of a period of my life that is over.

  12. Patrice // February 2, 2011 at 4:24 PM  

    Hi Beth,
    You did a lot of research finding all those quotes, and lovely pictures. I think pink must be my favorite. I'm always hopeful.