Posted by: marinvit | April, 2009

Sayings about Roses

The roses we know today primarily originated in Asia. They were initially grown as medicinal plants. In some Asian countries medication based on the rose plant can still be found today. Around the 16th century roses began to be exported from China by European ships exploring Asia. Europe and America did have some roses, but they were primarily wild. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love referred to as Aphrodite and Venus. From the Roman Empire until 1867 roses grew and declined in popularity throughout the world.


Often only the gardening at monasteries kept roses in existence during times of decline. Rose growing took off again in France during the 1800s when Empress Josephine encouraged rose gardening to be explored and further developed. Empress Josephine was the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She resided at the Malmaison Chateau after becoming Empress of France and was extremely interested in all aspects of rose gardening. Josephine decided not just to grow roses, but to bring every single rose variety in existence to the Chateau’s garden.

She worked with many important botanists and rose enthusiasts during the early 1800s to bring the roses of the world to France. Roses have really come a long way. The joy of tending plants that bloom throughout the growing season caused rose gardening to catch on as a hobby throughout the developing world.

Different colors of roses represent different feelings and emotions. The meaning of love that the red rose expresses is the most well known of all the rose colors. Red roses are also seen as classic. A vibrant and dramatic color, it stands for romance and passion. Pink or yellow roses are the perfect gift for just about anyone. White roses represent purity and true love. Yellow roses have traditionally symbolized friendship. Orange roses could be considered to have a similar meaning as yellow roses. They can also represent excitement or something new. Burgundy roses, which mean “unconscious beauty”, are the right choice for your shy sweetheart. Purple or Lavender – It’s love at first sight with this unique rose color.

The rose has been a favorite flower of poets since poetry began. Maybe it’s because like a poem, a rose can say so much without saying much at all.

“Treaties are like roses and young girls – they last while they last.” Charles de Gaulle

“A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.” Chinese Proverb

“Love is like the wild rose-briar; / Friendship like the holly-tree. / The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, / But which will bloom most constantly?” Emily Bronte

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” George William Curtis

“Those who don’t pick roses in summer won’t pick them in winter either.” German Proverb

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” Henri Matisse

“God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.” James Matthew Barrie

“The red rose whispers of passion, / And the white rose breathes of love; / O, the red rose is a falcon, / And the white rose is a dove.” John Boyle O’Reilly

“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world” Leo Buscaglia.

“But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The world is a rose, smell it and pass it to your friends.” Persian Proverb

“Time brings Roses.” Portuguese Proverb

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet, the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.” Salvador Dali

“If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime.” Swedish Proverb

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” The Bible

“Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.” Turkish Proverb

“Thorns and roses grow on the same tree.” Turkish Proverb

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.” Victor Hugo

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