May Flowers
 And April weeps --but, O ye hours!
Follow with May's fairest flowers.
--Percy Bysshe Shelley
 
Day
Theme Quote of the Day
1
If a man finds himself with bread in both hands, he should exchange one loaf for some flowers of narcissus, because the loaf feeds the body, but the flowers feed the soul.

-- Muhammad

Note: One reader notes that "the prophet Muhammad spent all his life in Saudi Arabia that is known as hot desert, and, moreover Saudi Arabia doesn't have narcissus." Can anyone verify if the prophet Muhammad (or which Muhammed) really said the above?

2
God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. . . . We need silence to be able to touch souls.

-- Mother Teresa

3
"Linnea".. . . A plant of Lapland, lowly, insignificant, disregarded, flowering bur for a brief space -- from Linnaeus who resembles it.

-- Carl Linnaeus

4
A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.

-- C. Northcote Parkinson

5
A root is a flower that disdains fame.

-- Kahlil Gibran

6
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her . . . . I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

-- Claude Monet

7
Reason and happiness are like other flowers -- they wither when plucked.

-- George Santayana

8
Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.

-- John Lubbock

9
Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.

-- Mao Zedong

10
Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.

-- Marc Chagall

11
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for the coffin.

-- H. L. Mencken

12
Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.

-- Martin Tupper

13
Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.

-- Alexander F. Osborn

14
Managers must have the discipline not to keep pulling up the flowers to see if their roots are healthy.

-- Robert Townsend

15
Never strike your wife, even with a flower.

-- Hindu Proverb

16
Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

17
The mind I love must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind.

-- Katherine Mansfield

18
If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this.

-- James McNeill Whistler

19
Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also -- if you love them enough.

-- George Washington Carver

20
Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower.

-- Charles Schwab

21
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

-- Iris Murdoch

22
There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses.

-- Louis Aragon

23
The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee . . . gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.

-- Leonardo da Vinci

24
To create a little flower is the labor of ages.

-- William Blake

25
The world is made of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.

-- Jacob Bronowski

26
Spring comes: the flowers learn their colored shapes.

-- Maria Konopnicka

27
To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower; to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour -- is inspiration.

-- William Blake

28
You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative. The jolliest steam-roller will not plant flowers.

-- Walter Lippmann

29
When I'm finishing a picture I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, or a tree branch - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash, it's bad art.

-- Marc Chagall

30
Youth is like spring, an over- praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

-- Samuel Butler

31
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.

-- Georgia O'Keeffe


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