— William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
Context: Not now. Love itself a flower with roots in a parched ground. Empty pockets make empty heads. Cure it if you can but do not believe that we can live today in the country for the country will bring us no peace. "Raleigh Was Right" (1940)
„Little flower — but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.“
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
Context: Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower — but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is. "Flower in the Crannied Wall" (1869)
— Margaret Fuller American feminist, poet, author, and activist 1810 - 1850
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
„The vine... is not the root merely, but all - root, stem, branches, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit: and Jesus is not only that: He is soil and sunshine, air and showers, and ten thousand times more than we ever dreamed, wished for, or needed.“
— James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
(J. Hudson Taylor. Dwelling in Him. Robesonia: Overseas Missionary Fellowship).
„Seek to understand the root. — It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
„How does the Meadow-flower its bloom unfold?
Because the lovely little flower is free
Down to its root, and, in that freedom, bold.“
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
A Poet!—He Hath Put His Heart to School, l. 9 (1842).
„True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Book II, section 43
„They wander in deep woods, in mournful light,
Amid long reeds and drowsy headed poppies
And lakes where no wave laps, and voiceless streams,
Upon whose banks in the dim light grow old
Flowers that were once bewailèd names of kings.“
— Ausonius poet 310 - 395
"Cupido Cruciator", line 5; translation from Helen Waddell Mediaeval Latin Lyrics ( 1943) p. 31.
„One thing is sure, O comrades, that the love
That fights to keep us rooted in the earth,
But also urges us to dare the stars,
This irresistible, this ancient power
Wedged in the soul, unshakable, is the light
That burns our roots and leaves us free for Space.“
— Philip José Farmer American science fiction writer 1918 - 2009
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127