87 Rose Quotes and Sayings on Love, Life, and Thorns

Roses are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of hues, each one representing a distinct feeling or mood.

Roses’ charm is enhanced by their lovely aroma, making them a popular option as a present for special events such as Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or birthdays.

Roses’ grace and appeal have inspired a plethora of rose quotations and beauty phrases that perfectly express their essence.


Sharing these rose quotes is a touching way to show your respect for someone’s inner and exterior attractiveness.

They act as delicate reminders of your admiration and affection for the individual, making them feel appreciated and treasured.

Best Rose Quotes

My life is part humor, part roses, part thorns. ~ Bret Michaels.

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~ Emma Goldman.

If you are among the roses, your friends will look for you among the thorns. ~ Swedish Proverb.


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

If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime. ~ Swedish Proverb.

That afternoon my mother had brought me the roses. “Save them for my funeral,” I’d said. ~ Sylvia Plath.

Every breathe of her flowers a rose in my garden ~ Kshanasurya.


Roses fall, but the thorns remain. ~ Dutch Proverb.

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

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

God gave us memories so that we might enjoy roses in December. ~ J.M. Barrie.


A rose, isn’t quite as beautiful as it once was, when after its thorn pricks you. ~ Anthony Liccione.

When love came first to earth, the Spring spread rose beds to receive him. ~ Thomas Campbell.

What a lovely thing a rose is! ~ Arthur Conan Doyle.

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


True love is like little roses, sweet, fragrant in small doses. ~ Ana Claudia Antunes.

But America’s war grew worse and worse and eventually it came to London. After that there were no roses anymore. Not for anyone. ~ Valerie.

It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses, and apologized to no one. ~ Valerie.

Famous Rose Quotes

That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet. ~ William Shakespeare.

Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem. ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

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

Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses: they last while they last. ~ Charles De Gaulle.

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. ~ Henri Matisse.

It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


Love and a red rose can’t be hid. ~ Thomas Holcroft.

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. ~ Chinese Proverb.

The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends. ~ Persian Proverb.

A handmaiden of the devil! And wickedness in your children. The rose smells thusly ranked by any name. I say a plague on both their houses. ~ Makepeace the Preacher.

Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet. Katharine Lee Bates Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. ~ Don Marquis.


Those who don’t pick roses in summer won’t pick them in winter either. ~ German Proverb.

At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage. ~ John Andrew Holmes.

If the rose is beautiful flower, it is also because it opens itself. ~ Charles De Leusse.

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. ~ Richard B Sheridan.

I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice. ~ Roland A. Browne.


A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won’t come true. ~ Ray Evans.

I can’t have white roses. They symbolize death. ~ Nina Arianda.

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A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring. ~ William Carlos Williams.

The rose is fairest when ’tis budding new. ~ Sir Walter Scott.

Something with inner beauty will live forever, like the scent of a rose. ~ Alex Flinn.

The rose did caper on her cheek, Her bodice rose and fell. ~ Emily Dickinson.


A rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorn. ~ Rumi.

Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy. ~ Rita Moreno.

The rose does not bloom without thorns. True, but would that the thorns did not outlive the rose. ~ Richter.

From the thorn bush comes forth the rose. ~ Old Jewish 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.

Come out here where the roses have opened. Let soul and world meet. ~ Rumi.


A relationship is like a rose. How long it lasts, no one knows. ~ Rob Cella.

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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

If you really screw up, send roses. ~ Letitia Baldrige.

One rose is enough for the dawn. ~ Edmond Jabes.


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

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose ~ Kahlil Gibran.

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

Top Rose Quotes

Just remember, during the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, that there’s a seed that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes a rose. ~ Bette Midler.

World without poetry is like a lover without a rose. ~ Shiny.

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

The mind is a red rose with thorns… Don’t get too close. ~ Bert McCoy.

Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle may not grow. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. ~ Gertrude Stein.

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

A rose does not answer its enemies with words, but with beauty. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.

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.

She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns. ~ Olga Brouman.


The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses. ~ Ovid.

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

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

Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time. ~ Edmund Spenser.

Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower. ~ William C. Bryant.


A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. ~ Leo Buscaglia.

Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.

Beautiful Rose Quotes

Roses shouldn’t waste their thorns on each other. ~ Heather Herrman.

Her lips? The early morning rose would whither on the branch if it could feel envy. ~ William Shakespeare.


No rose without a thorn. ~ French Proverb.

There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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

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

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. ~ Salvador Dali.

Lovely Rose Quotes

Which is loveliest in a rose? Its coy beauty when it’s budding, or its splendor when it blows? ~ George Barlow.


Of all the flowers, me thinks a rose is best. ~ William Shakespeare.

If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears. ~ Isaac Hayes.

There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns. ~ Panchatantra.

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it. ~ Chinese Proverb.

A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses. ~ Oscar Wilde.

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