It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.ValuesAntoine de Saint-Exupéry in The Little Prince
For women are as Roses, whose fairr flowre,
Being once displaid, doth fall that verie howre.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.Ovid
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
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
Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.Frances Hodgson Burnett
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.Alphonse Karr