The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.Ovid
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.Alphonse Karr
A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism
For women are as Roses, whose fairr flowre,
Being once displaid, doth fall that verie howre.
I was expecting it to be cynical because I'm like that myself. I wouldn't want it to be all roses because life isn't like that.Amy Winehouse