Where Words Fail Sweet Affections Flowers Speak

Famous quotes containing the words flowers, speak, affections, words, fail and/or sweet:

    The universe appears to me like an immense, inexorable torture-garden.... Passions, greed, hatred, and lies; law, social institutions, justice, love, glory, heroism, and religion: these are its monstrous flowers and its hideous instruments of eternal human suffering.
    Octave Mirbeau (1850–1917)

    Anyone who attempts to relate his life loses himself in the immediate. One can only speak of another.
    Augusto Roa Bastos (b. 1917)

    Constancy in love is of two sorts: One is the effect of new excellencies that are always presenting themselves afresh, and attract our affections continually; the other is only from a point of honor, and a taking of pride not to change.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

    Style is as much under the words as in the words. It is as much the soul as it is the flesh of a work.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)

    We urgently need a debate about the best ways of supporting families in modern America, without blinders that prevent us from seeing the full extent of dependence and interdependence in American life. As long as we pretend that only poor or abnormal families need outside assistance, we will shortchange poor families, overcompensate rich ones, and fail to come up with effective policies for helping families in the middle.
    Stephanie Coontz (20th century)

    Your fair discourse hath been as sugar,
    Making the hard way sweet and delectable.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)