1. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” –

2. “Roses are red, violets are blue, everything’s possible, nothing is true.” – Alan Moore

3. “The tender violet bent in smiles to elves that sported nigh, tossing the drops of fragrant dew to scent the evening sky.” – Elizabeth Oakes Smith

4. “A violet by a mossy stone half-hidden from the eye; Fair as a star, when only one is shining in the sky.” – William Wordsworth

5. “The superstition still survives in widely scattered countries that to dream of the violet is good luck.” – Cora Linn Daniels

6. “There is nothing to save, now all is lost, but a tiny core of stillness in the heart like the eye of a violet.” – D.H. Lawrence

7. “Violets are God’s apology for February.” – Barbara Johnson

8. “The humble soul is like the violet, which grows low, hangs the head downward, and hides itself with its own leaves.” – Frederika Bremer

9. “And the violet lay dead while the odor flew On the wings of the wind o’er the waters blue.” – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

10. “Who are the violets now That strew the lap of the new-come spring?” –

11. “I think the King is but a man as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me.” – William Shakespeare

12. “New Jersey was the fourth state to adopt the violet as a state flower.” – Glynda Joy Nord

13. “This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the , and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn.” – Bernard DeVoto

14. “A belief in violets isn’t necessary for violets to exist.” – Marty Rubin

15. “Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

16. “Humility is the softening shadow before the stature of excellence, and lieth lowly on the ground, beloved and lovely as the violet.” – Martin Farquhar Tupper

17. “I’ve got it all in here ultra violets, flying saucers, bootlace come on get involved.” – Noel Fielding

18. “A mourning is an understated one: the colors of its feathers ranging through various shades of gray and drab violet, often with a striking splash of turquoise around the eyes.” – Jonathan Miles

19. “I’m glad that motivates people to exercise. If I had to pick just one song to run to, it would be ‘Violet’ by Hole. It makes me want to run.” – Fergie

20. “In our film profession you may have Gable’s looks, Tracy’s art, Marlene’s legs or Liz’s violet eyes, but they don’t mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.” – Frank Capra

21. “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.” – Oscar Levant

22. “Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. aren’t better than violets.” – Edna Ferber

23. “You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” – Hal Borland

24. “If you can do it, it ain’t bragging… it’s a matter of self-confidence. I got where I did because I wasn’t shrinking violet.” – Dizzy Dean

25. “Violet! Sweet violet! Thine eyes are full of tears; Are they wet even yet with the thought of other years?” – James Russell Lowell

26. “Stars will blossom in the darkness, Violets bloom beneath the snow.” – Julia Caroline Dorr

27. “Early violets blue and white dying for their love of light.” – Edwin Arnold

28. “Purple puts us in touch with the part of ourselves that is regal. Purple is the queen in all women; it helps us keep our backs straight and heads held high.” – Byllye Avery

29. “The violet thinks, with her timid eye, to pass for a blossom enchantingly shy.” – Frances S. Osgood

30. “To gather the first violet in spring is to hasten the granting of one’s dearest wish.” – Cora Linn Daniels

31. “Satin and lace and brown velvet and the faint odor of violets. That was all which was left to him of his love.” – William Maxwell

32. “Deep violets, you liken to the kindest eyes that look on you, without a thought disloyal.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

33. “The smell of violets, hidden in the green, pour’d back into my empty soul and frame. The times when I remembered to have been Joyful and free from blame.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

34. “We are violets blue, for our sweetness found careless in the mossy shades, looking on the ground. Love’s dropped eyelids and a kiss, such our breath, and blueness is.” – Leigh Hunt

35. “When the time is ripe for certain things, these things appear in different places in the manner of violets coming to light in the early spring.” – Farkas Bolyai

36. “For a moment he could have sworn he smelled violets, which was very peculiar, since he had no idea what violets smelled like, except somehow he knew they smelled just like lady Emma.” – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

37. “What pity flowers can utter no sound! A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle … oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!” – Henry Ward Beecher

38. “You violets that first appear, by your pure purple mantles known, like the proud virgins of the year, as if the spring were all your own—what are you when the rose is blown?” – Henry Wotton

39. “A woman’s love, deep in the heart, is like the violet flower, that lifts its modest head apart. I’m some sequestered bower.” – Anon

40. “That queen of secrecy, the violet.” – John Keats

41. “The violet sea longs for the birth of gods.” – Jose Lezama Lima

42. “If a kiss could be seen it would look like a violet.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

43. “Oh, I love red. I’m very loyal to my colors. I love violet.” – Elizabeth Taylor

44. “The violets prattle and titter, and gaze on the stars high above.” – Heine

45. “I do love violets; they tell the history of woman’s love.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

46. “Look how the blue-eyed violets glance love to one another.” – Thomas Buchanan Read

47. “Seek on high bare trails Sky-reflecting violets… mountain-top jewels.” – Matsuo Basho

48. “Death is woven in with the violets, said Louis. Death and again death.” –

49. “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” – Tennessee Williams

50. “Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.” – Henry James

51. “Last time I was in London, I visited Number 5, Bruton Street, which is the address I gave to Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the Bridgerton clan in my novels. It was a bit disconcerting to learn that it’s actually a pub.” – Julia Quinn

52. “I didn’t start sweating until I had children. That was one of the first things I realized when my Violet was born. I started getting wicked BO. You know there’s a difference between basketball BO and stress BO? This was definitely stressed BO. Like, new dad BO.” – Dave Grohl

53. “Life and love are life and love, a bunch of violets is a bunch of violets, and to drag in the idea of a point is to ruin everything. Live and let live, love and let love, flower, and fade, and follow the natural curve, which flows on, pointless.” – D.H. Lawrence

54. “A tea of violet flowers and leaves soothes a headache and helps one unwind after a heavy and demanding day, and was popular as an after-dinner tea in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” – Margaret Joan Roberts

55. “Wild honey smells of freedom. The dust of sunlight, the mouth of a young girl, like a violet but gold—smells of nothing.” – Anna Akhmatova

56. “The violets whisper from the shade which their own leaves have made: men scent our fragrance on the air, yet take no heed of humble lessons we would read.” – Christina Rossetti

57. “A scent that disturbs me and delights me. It smells like ripe pears, vetiver, a bit of violet and something else- something spicy almost biting and exotic.” – Rebecca Wells

58. “Even if fall she must, it was to lie on the earth and moulder sweetly into the roots of violets.” – Virginia Woolf

59. “You are the only person who loves me in the world, said Elizabeth. When you talk to me, I smell violets.” – L.M. Montgomery

60. “I feel like you have to tell people who you are, but you don’t have to be disrespectful about it. But you also don’t have to be a shrinking violet.” – Keke Palmer

61. “Starry, starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze, swirling clouds in violet haze reflect Vincent’s eyes of china blue.” – Don McLean

62. “Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins?” – Herman Melville

63. “Roses are reddish, violets are bluish. If it weren’t for Christmas we’d all be Jewish.” – Benny Hill

64. “Mathematical discoveries, like springtime violets in the woods, have their season which no human can hasten or retard.” – Carl Friedrich Gauss

65. “Yesterday I sat in a field of violets for a long time perfectly still, until I really sank into it—into the rhythm of the place, I mean – then when I got up to go home I couldn’t walk quickly or evenly because I was still in time with the field.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

66. “I’m a fart in a gale of wind, a humble violet under a cow-pat.” – Djuna Barnes

67. “The eyes of spring, so azure, are peeping from the ground; they are the darling violets, that I in nosegays bound.” – Heinrich Heine

68. “Again the violet of our early days Drinks beauteous azure from the golden sun and kindles into fragrance at his blaze.” – Ebenezer Elliott

69. “Winds wanders, and dews drip earthward; rains fall, suns rise and set; earth whirls, and all but to prosper a poor little violet.” – James Russell Lowell

70. “That which above all other yields the sweetest smell in the air is the violet.” –

71. “I know a place where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows.” – William Shakespeare

72. “The violet flower gives the impression of shyness, growing as it does close to the protective ground and often beneath other plants, shrubs, and trees.” – Steven D. Price

73. “Fast-fading violets covered up in leaves; and mid-May’s eldest child. The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine. The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves.” – John Keats

74. “The common meadow violet grows low to the ground, usually no higher than seven inches. It bears broad, heart-shaped leaves with scalloped edges on short stalks that grow from the plants base.” – Glynda Joy Nord

75. “The purple heath and golden broom on moory mountains catch the gale, over lawns the lily sheds perfume, the violet in the vale.” – James Montgomery

76. “The windflower and the violet, they perished long ago, And the brier-rose and the orchids died amid the summer glow; but on the hills, the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood, and the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood, till fell the frost from the clear cold heaven, as falls the plague on men, and the brightness of their smile was gone, from upland glade and glen. William Cullen BryantSatin and lace and brown velvet and the faint odor of violets. That was all which was left to him of his love.” – William Maxwell

77. “The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don’t always know if it is green or violet, you can’t even say it’s blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.” –

78. “The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” – Therese of Lisieux

79. “Love is both creator’s and savior’s gospel to mankind; a volume bound in rose-leaves, clasped with violets, and by the beaks of humming-birds printed with peach-juice on the leaves of lilies.” – Herman Melville

80. “Violet will be a good color for hair at just about the same time that brunette becomes a good color for flowers.” – Fran Lebowitz

81. “For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favor, hold it a fashion and a toy in blood. A violet in the youth of primary nature. Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting. The perfume and suppliance of a minute, no more.” William Shakespeare

82.. “The violet was a favorite flower in Ancient Greece and became the symbol of Athens, the flower of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and also the flower of her son Priapus, the god of gardens and the male procreative power.” – Margaret Joan Roberts

83. “Although the name suggests the flower’s color, the violet comes in blue, purple, white, , and even a pale gray form, known as the Confederate violet, referring to Rebel uniforms.” – Glynda Joy Nord

84. “The violets were past their prime, yet their departing breath was sweeter, in the blast of death than all the lavish fragrance of the time.” – James Montgomery Boice

85. “Violets smell like burnt sugar cubes that have been dipped in lemon and velvet.” – Diane Ackerman

86. “Violet is for faithfulness, which in me shall abide; hoping likewise that from your heart. You will not let it slide.” – William Shakespeare

87. “Violets have a and calming effect on the nervous system and a tea made of violet leaves and flowers will expel mucous from the nose, chest, and lungs, clear mouth and throat infections, open blocked sinuses, and will alleviate whooping cough and postnasal drip.” – Margaret Joan Roberts


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