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65,503. Thus are my blossoms blasted in the bud,
And caterpillars eat my leaves away. William Shakespeare, The First Part of the Contention II Henry VI III i 89-90, York to self
120,986. Tulips: the Dutch started buying tulip bulbs like lottery tickets. They knew all about speculation … This was the world’s first great speculative bubble. A pound of tulips were now changing hands for the price of a house, a farm, a pair of ships … The tulip market had collapsed in just four days. (History & Flowers) Andrew Marr’s History of the World V: Age of Plunder
4,066. Flowers are central to culture throughout the world. (Earth & Flowers) Professor Iain Stewart, How to Grow a Planet II: The Power of Flowers, BBC 2012
4,067. The emergence of flowers is one of the biggest turning points in Earth’s history. (Earth & Flowers) ibid.
4,069. Where there is water and light, flowers have produced life. (Earth & Flowers & Life) ibid.
4,070. Flowers use animals to help them distribute their seeds. (Earth & Flowers & Animals) ibid.
6,759. I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say, ‘Look how beautiful it is,’ and I’ll agree. Then he says, ‘I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,’ and I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question, Does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts. (Knowledge & Beauty & Aesthetics & Flower) Richard P Feynman
9,429. From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity. (Death & Body & Flowers) Edvard Munch
10,651. I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. (Art & Nature & Flowers) Claude Monet
27,623. They’re [flowers] dying. Take them away. I don’t like dying things around. (Nazis & Flowers) Hitler: The Rise of Evil II 2003 [part I to watch] starring Robert Carlyle & Stockard Channing & Jena Malone & Julianna Margulies & Matthew Modine & Liev Schreiber & Peter O'Toole & Zoe Telford & Terence Harvey et al, director Christian Duguay, Hitler to guard
47,554. The flowers anew, returning seasons bring;
But beauty faded has no second spring. (Beauty & Flowers) Ambrose Philips, The First Pastoral 1708
51,841. Ultra-violet markings on some flowers serve to guide insects to nectar. (Animals & Flowers) David Attenborough, Life in the Undergrowth IV: Intimate Relations
52,058. Flowers carry both male and female sex organs. And they first appeared about a hundred million years ago - about December 20th on our calendar. (Animals & Flowers) David Attenborough: Life on Earth (revised series)
52,421. Not only are prominent red flowers likely to be pollinated by birds but they're unlikely to have any scent. (Plants & Flowers) David Attenborough, The Private Life of Plants: Flowering
52,424. Sumatra: It only flowers once in a thousand days ... The biggest flower in the world ... Amorphophallus titanum. (Plants & Flowers) ibid.
52,458. Other flowers that smell of carrion also produce heat. (Plants & Flowers) David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants II: Solving the Secrets
52,471. There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart lords. John Muir
52,472. Wild flowers should be enjoyed unplucked where they grow. Theodore Roosevelt
52,473. Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf. Lewis Mumford, cited Quote Magazine 8th October 1961
52,474. I did write slow songs because I feel it’s easier to get more blues and feeling into them. The ballads I get really together – that’s what I really dig. Flower power. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child
52,475. I never saw daffodils so beautiful. They grew among the mossy stones about and about them; some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness; and the rest tossed and reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake. Dorothy Wordsworth 1802
67,640. I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. (Cloud & Wander & Flower & Countryside) William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
52,477. For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. (Flowers & Countryside) ibid.
52,478. Here are sweet peas, on tip-toe for a flight. John Keats, I Stood Tip-Toe Upon a Little Hill 1817
52,479. I see a lily on thy brow
With anguish moist and fever dew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
Fast withereth too. (Flower & Rose) John Keats, La Belle Dame Sans Merci 1820
52,480. Mid hushed, cool-rooted flowers, fragrant-eyed,
Blue, silver-white, and budded Tyrian. John Keats, Ode to Psyche
52,481. The Biggest Aspidistra in the World. Jimmy Harper & Will E Haines & Tommy Connor, 1938 song popularized Gracie Fields
52,482. O fairest flower no sooner blown but blasted,
Soft silken primrose fading timelessly. John Milton, On the Death of a Fair Infant Dying of a Cough 1673
52,483. Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the flowers gone?
The girls have picked them ev’ry one.
Oh, When will you ever learn? Pete Seeger, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?