That alluring scent and lovely petals are loved by many, but there is pain in beauty at times, and the rose is proof of it. Are you in search of rose quotes to honor life, beauty, and the thorns we cannot escape? Our latest collection of rose quotes will inspire you and encourage growth in your life.
Roses are literally the queen of flowers. We all love and appreciate their beauty. They send a strong message of love, possess a heavenly scent, and have breathtaking colors.
But besides representing something pristine and lovely, roses can impart a lot of wisdom on us. Just as a rosebud opens up into a beautiful bloom under the right conditions, we should also find what we need to make our dreams flourish.
We should develop the ability to survive and become strong just like the rose grows thorns to protect itself from harm. As you work towards your goals and dreams, you should enjoy your journey as much as the destination, seeing as to how the rose is beautiful at each stage of its life cycle.
Roses require pruning to allow them to thrive. Similarly, we must embrace the seasons of “pruning” in our lives to encourage new growth and help us move forward.
Roses delight our senses in so many ways. In honor of their incredible beauty, below is our collection of beautiful, wise, and inspirational rose quotes, rose sayings, and rose proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
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Rose quotes honoring our life, beauty and thorns
1. “No rose without a thorn.” – French Proverb
2. “My life is part humor, part roses, part thorns.” – Bret Michaels
3. “A rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorn.” – Rumi (see more quotes by Rumi)
4. “Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.” – Anonymous
5. “But he that dares not grasp the thorn. Should never crave the rose.” – Anne Bronte
6. “The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.” – Ovid
7. “True love is like little roses, sweet, fragrant in small doses. – Ana Claudia Antunes
8. “Rose never propagandize its fragrant, but its own fragrance spreads surrounding.” – Sukarno
9. “It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important…People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
10. “If the rose is beautiful flower, it is also because it opens itself.” – Charles De Leusse
Rose quotes on life and beauty
11. “Everybody loves roses: they are the symbol of virtually everywhere, from England to North Dakota. They are an international icon for innocence, and beauty, and rugby; the knee-jerk favorite of politicians, poets, and other enemies of civilization.” – Charlotte Mendelson
12. “When love came first to earth, the Spring Spread rose-beds to receive him.” – Thomas Campbell
13. “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” – Tupac Shakur
14. “Real beauty is in the fragility of your petals. A rose that never wilts isn’t a rose at all.” – Crystal Woods
15. “If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears.” – Isaac Hayes
16. “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.” – Chinese Proverb
17. “Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.” – Mark Overby
18. “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr
19. “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.” – W. Somerset Maugham
20. “A life filled with love, must have some thorns, but a life empty of love will have no roses.” – Anonymous
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21. “Where, you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett
22. “A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia
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23. “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.” – Leanne Rimes
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24. “We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie
25. “This rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
26. “For the rose, though its petals be torn asunder, still smiles on, and it is never cast down.” – Rumi
27. “Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent.” – Anonymous
28. “Life is like a rose garden – Watch for the thorns and keep the pest dust handy” – Anonymous
29. “The world is a rose, smell it, and pass it to your friends.” – Persian Proverb
30. “Thorns and roses grow on the same tree.” – Turkish Proverb
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Rose quotes to encourage growth in your life
31. “Discipline trains you to put up with disappointments, every rose has a thorn.” – Sai Baba
32. “Love is a rose, but you’d better not pick it, only grows when it’s on the vine. Handful of thorns and you know you’ve missed it. Lose your love when you say the word mine.” – Linda Ronstadt
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33. “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose” – Kahlil Gibran
34. “True friendship is like a rose, we don’t realize its beauty until it fades.” – Anonymous
35. “You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will, but the scent of the roses will hang round it still.” – Thomas Moore
36. “A relationship is like a rose. How long it lasts, no one knows.” – Rob Cella
37. “Forgiveness is the scent that the rose leaves on the heel that crushes it.” – Anonymous
38. “The rose is fairest when its budding new, and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.” – Sir Walter Scott
39. “When life throws thorns, hunt for roses.” – Anonymous
40. “God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.” – J. M. Barrie
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41. “A life with love must have some thorns, but a life with no love will have no roses.” – Anonymous
42. “A woman is like a rose…If you take good care of her, you will see love blossom.” – Anonymous
43. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln
44. “What a lovely thing a rose is!” – Arthur Conan Doyle
45. “Some women feel the need to act like they’re never scared, needy or hurt; like they’re as hardened as a man. I think that’s dishonest. It’s ok to feel delicate sometimes. Real beauty is in the fragility of your petals. A rose that never wilts isn’t a rose at all.” – Crystal Woods
46. “I’d rather let you cover all my roads with thorns than with dead roses.” – Nema Al-Araby
47. “There may be many flowers in a man’s life…but only one rose.” – Anonymous
48. “The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.” – Saadi
49. “Love and a red rose can’t be hid.” – Thomas Holcroft
50. “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.” – W. Somerset Maugham
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Which of these rose quotes was your favorite?
We love roses for many reasons. They are beautiful, they symbolize love, and no other flower’s scent can compare to that of a rose.
Roses can also afford us many life lessons, serving as a highly effective metaphor. Hopefully, the above quotes will encourage growth and help you move forward.
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