Thistles Quotes

Thistles Quotes by William Morris, Abraham Lincoln, Julie Garwood, Mary Howitt, Teresa of Avila, Joanna Newsom and many others.

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The wind is not helpless for any man’s need, Nor falleth the rain but for thistle and weed.
William Morris
I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln
Still, they were two thorns from the same thistle. Their tactics in terrorizing innocent ladies were identical. Their behavior was downright sinful, but what made it even worse was the fact that neither warrior seemed to realize the effect he had on others.
Julie Garwood
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Abraham Lincoln
When on the breath of Autumn’s breeze, From pastures dry and brown, Goes floating, like an idle thought, The fair, white thistle-down; O, then what joy to walk at will, Upon the golden harvest-hill!
Mary Howitt
Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.
Teresa of Avila
I wasn’t born of a whistle or milked from a thistle at twilight
No I was all horns and thorns sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright.
Joanna Newsom
A stroke of a man knocking a thistle top with a walking stick
John Arlott
The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.
Robert Green Ingersoll
All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.
William Halsey
Even though one is well advanced in virtue, should he stop mortifying himself, he soon would lose his modesty and virtue – just as fertile soul quickly becomes dry and arid and produces nothing but thorns and thistles if it is not cultivated.
John Climacus
You can imagine thistle-down so light that when you run after it your running motion would drive it away from you, and that the more you tried to catch it the faster it would fly from your grasp. And it should be with every man, that, when he is chased by troubles, they, chasing, shall raise him higher and higher.
Henry Ward Beecher
Be thankful for the thorns and thistles, which keep you from being in love with this world, and becoming an idolater.
Charles Spurgeon
Gardens can be sharp and spiky as well as rose-embowered and honeysuckle-twined: there are corners and settings where thistles are not such an asinine taste after all.
Robin Lane Fox
What we sow in youth we reap in age; the seed of the thistle always produces the thistle.
James Thomas Fields
All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them but confront them.
William Halsey
Life is so complicated a game that the devices of skill are liable to be defeated at every turn by air-blown chances, incalculable as the descent of thistle-down.
George Eliot
Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; so it is with man’s mind.
Teresa of Avila
Cursed be the ground for our sake. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for us. For out of the ground we were taken, for the dust we are and to the dust we shall return.
Denzel Washington
I see, when I bend close, how each leaflet of a climbing rose is bordered with frost, the autumn counterpart of the dewdrops of summer dawns. The feathery leaves of yarrow are thick with silver rime and dry thistle heads rise like goblets plated with silver catching the sun.
Edwin Way Teale
If the braine sowes not corne, it plants thistles.
George Herbert
Nothing is less promising than precocity. A young thistle is more like a future tree than is a young oak.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Roads are wet where’er one wendeth, And with rain the thistle bendeth, And the brook cries like a child! Not a rainbow shines to cheer us; Ah! the sun comes never near us, And the heavens look dark and wile.
Mary Howitt
If your thought is a rose, you are a rose garden; and if it is a thistle, you are fuel for the fire.
Rumi
Driving down the wrong road and knowing it, The fork years behind, how many have thought To pull up on the shoulder and leave the car Empty, strike out across the fields; and how many Are still mazed among dock and thistle, Seeking the road they should have taken?
Damon Knight
A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.
Richard Burton
The life of the earth comes up with a rush in the springtime. All the wild seeds of weed and thistle, the sprouts of vine and bush and tree, are trying to take the fields. Farmers must fight them with harrow and plow and hoe; they must plant the good seeds quickly.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
I would sooner look for figs on thistles than for the higher attributes of art from one whose ruling motive… is money.
Asher Brown Durand
It is easier to prevent thistles and habits than to uproot them.
Austin O’Malley