„Life is a waste of wearisome hours
Which seldom the rose of enjoyment adorns;
And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers,
Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.“

—  Thomas Moore, O! think not my spirits are always as light, st. 1
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Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.“

—  Thomas Moore Irish poet, singer and songwriter 1779 - 1852
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„Loveliest of lovely things are they,
On earth, that soonest pass away.
The rose that lives its little hour
Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.“

—  William Cullen Bryant American romantic poet and journalist 1794 - 1878
A Scene on the Banks of the Hudson http://www.4literature.net/William_Cullen_Bryant/Scene_on_the_Banks_of_the_Hudson/, st. 3 (1828)

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„Oh, softest is the cheek's love-ray
When seen by moonlight hours
Other roses seek the day,
But blushes are night flowers.“

—  Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
When Should Lover’s Breathe Their Vows from The London Literary Gazette (24th November 1821)

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„Life is a stream
On which we strew
Petal by petal the flower of our heart.“

—  Amy Lowell US writer 1874 - 1925
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„T was ever thus from childhood’s hour!
My fondest hopes would not decay:
I never loved a tree or flower
Which was the first to fade away.“

—  Charles Stuart Calverley British poet 1831 - 1884
Disaster; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: Oh, ever thus, from childhood’s hour, I ’ve seen my fondest hopes decay; I never loved a tree or flower But ’t was the first to fade away. - Thomas Moore, The Fire Worshippers, p. 26.

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