Can we speak in flowers?


I love flowers.

Flowers in trees, on the grass, flowers in my hair, flowers everywhere. If I were isolated on a remote island and permitted just one creature comfort, it would be… you guessed it! ‘An Interrupted Life, The diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum’ would come a close second.

Here are some floral wisdoms that have blossomed recently under my nose.

“Can we speak in flowers? It will be easier for me to understand.” – Nariyyah Waheed

“Be crumbled. So wild flowers will come up where you are. You have been stony for too many years. Try something different. Surrender.” – Jalaladdin Rumi

“I want more men with flowers falling from their skin, more water in their eyes, more tremble in their bodies.” – Nariyyah Waheed

“Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. It’s smell and it’s 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

“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” – Jesus Christ

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – attributed to the Buddha

“The Infinite has written its name on the heavens in shining stars, and on Earth in tender flowers.” – John Paul Richter

“Bread feeds the body indeed, but flowers feed the soul” – the Qur’an

“Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.” – Japanese proverb

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard de Nerval

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of yesterday.” – Indian Proverb

“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of God blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall but the word of our God stands forever.” – Prophet Isaiah, 740 – 681 BC

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand. And a Heaven in a Wild Flower. Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand. And Eternity in an hour.” – William Blake


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