Just as you may enjoy inspirational-motivational-sentimental phrases when you spot them, I’m a sucker for good flower quotes. They’re confirmation that there are people out there who love flowers as much as I do!
So, with the onset of Autumn, I reckon it’s time to wrap up and dive into some thought-provoking flower quotes from some very influential individuals.
The floral notes in flower quotes
Seeing as sunflowers have graced our doorsteps recently, I’ve got them on the mind. So let’s start on the sunnyside.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Helen Keller is the ultimate optimist and an inspirational woman for many reasons. You may know that Helen became both deaf and blind when she fell victim to ‘brain fever’ at only 19 months old. Her advice:
‘Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do’
Just as this quote suggests, Helen went on to flourish, graduating from college, writing her own biography and becoming an inspiration to those with disabilities.
Both native to America, sunflowers and Helen symbolize hope and the pursuit of happiness in the following of the sun each day, leaving darkness and desperate thoughts behind. I always focus on the bright side. If you look hard enough, there’s always one.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
Most renowned for his fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen is a willful provider of flower quotes for both adults and children. His inclusion of flowers assist his readers in transcending reality and into the world he creates on the page. The power of the flower, eh?
‘Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower’
I love the way Anderson instructs with the ‘must’. For him, these three things are a basic right. I couldn’t agree more. Though I would insist on more than just ‘a little flower’. I’m thinking a meadow … or a weekly bunch!
I visited his grave in Copenhagen. The Assistens Kirkegård cemetery is stunningly beautiful and the tranquility of the place is astounding – the Danes come and rest there, have picnics and even sunbathe! I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure that’s not the done thing over here in England. Yet, in accordance to Anderson’s conduct for life, the motions of the cemetery supports his ideals for a fulfilled life (and death, perhaps).
I even spotted the ‘little flower’ he may have alluded to right in front of his gravestone. The forget-me-not.
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
When the brilliant and bouncy ball-like agapanthus hopped into the Freddie’s Flowers boxes, Claude Monet popped up too. Well, here he is again. He really was a firm lover of flowers.
‘I must have flowers, always, and always.’
Flowers were a monumental part of Monet’s livelihood and passion. People may not be flocking from around the world to visit my garden like they do Monet’s Water Garden but I do find curating, designing and arranging flowers and artistic pursuit. Have you come across my arranging tips?
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
A highly regarded individual, I’m sure you’re no stranger to Oscar Wilde and a famous quote or two of his.
“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
I agree! Wilde gives the flower the depiction of free will and personification to do as it pleases in order to achieve its own ‘joy’. Just like the flower, we too are in charge of our own emotions. So let the sight of such things remind us to embrace happiness. I like Oscar’s thinking.
Alright, literary lesson over.
Have your thoughts been adequately provoked? Flowers are wonderful, deeply meaningful and necessary. And I’m not the only person to think so.
BUT BE WARNED:
Marcelene Cox, the American Writer, once said; ‘One sure way to lose another woman’s friendship is to try to improve her flower arrangements’.
So stick to your own arrangements and let us provide the flowers and the tips to arrange them too! Give us a go for only £22 a pop!