„From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.“

—  Edvard Munch, after 1930, Quote in Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors (2007) by William Thompson and Kim Sorvig, p. 30
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„Vegetal ambrosia, precious grain scattered
By the eternal Sower, I shall descend in you
So that from our love there will be born poetry,
Which will spring up toward God like a rare flower!“

—  Charles Baudelaire French poet 1821 - 1867
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Eternal though dethroned Deities,
Where from green altars flowers send up their incense:
This fount is one of them.“

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Grows this flower, which is a wound.“

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„Translation: Poor is he who in traitor doth confide :
Never shall snow-clad land good grain provide.
Poor she who in deserter faith doth show :
Never shall flowers on withered branches grow.“

—  Francesco Dall'Ongaro Italian poet, playwright and librettist 1808 - 1873
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