The rose is a perfect way to express love. If you’re looking for flowers for a special someone, you can’t go wrong with roses. Roses also inspire artists to create beautiful works. For writers, for example, they are a perfect metaphor. Just read through these great quotes that use roses to describe deeper thoughts and feelings:
“What is in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
— William Shakespeare
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.”
— George Eliot
“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
— Anne Brontë
“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
— Abraham Lincoln
“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”
Roses are also a great subject in photography. It does not matter if you shoot them in macro, black and white, or in a rose garden, roses can look pretty in any photo. One tip for photographers: You do not have to give actual roses to the people you love. Instead give a photo. It will last longer.
These beautiful photos of roses were selected from our Flickr group.