Dandelion Quotes

Well known (and some not-so-well-known) Quotes, Famous and obscure Sayings, and Popular Verse and Lyric related to orabout the humble (but glorious!) dandelion weed/flower; literal and metaphorical. Many of these quotations are both inspirational and intellectually stimulating at the same time. (while you ponder that, in the meantime, this is definitely a cure for boredom, right?)

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"I'm allergic to family occasions. Sometimes I think we'd do better as dandelion seeds-no family, no history, just floating off into the world, each on our own piece of fluff." ~*Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Sophie Townley (English Author)

Excerpt from book "Twenties Girl"

"Dandelions don't tell no lies." ~*Mick Jagger (English singer, songwriter, actor, and film producer/lead singer of the Rolling Stones)

Line from the song "Dandelion"

"You fight dandelions all weekend, and late Monday afternoon there they are, pert as all get out, in full and gorgeous bloom, pretty as can be, thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity. " ~*Hal Borland (American author, journalist and naturalist)

"She wrote, 'Dandelion, I love you.' And I thought that was magic. It's not in you, it's between you. It's bigger and stronger than you are" ~*Melvin Burgess (British writer of children's fiction)

"Had she never been hungry enough to eat a flower? Did she not know that you could eat daisies, daylilies, pansies, and marigolds? That hungry enough, a person could consume the bright faces of violas, even the stems of dandelions and the bitter hips of roses?" ~*Adam Johnson (American novelist and short story writer)

Excerpt from book "The Orphan Master's Son"

"Go for a short walk in a soft rain - lovely - so many wild flowers startling me through the woods and a lawn sprinkled with dandelions, like a night with stars. And through it all the sound of soft rain like the sound of innumerable earthworms stirring in the ground. " ~*Anne Morrow Lindbergh(American author and aviator/wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh)

"Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it, We are happy now because God so wills it; No matter how barren the past may have been, 'Tis enough for us now that the leaves are green; We sit in the warm shade and feel right well How the sap creeps up and the blossoms swell... The breeze comes whispering in our ear, That dandelions are blossoming near... Every thing is upward striving; 'Tis as easy now for the heart to be true As for grass to be green or skies to be blue, - 'Tis the natural way of living." ~*James Russell Lowell (American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat)

Verse from the poem "from The Vision of Sir Launfal"

Also see: "To The Dandelion" Poem by James Russell Lowell

"Never overlook wallflower at dance; may be dandelion in grass." ~*Confucius (Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period)

"Once an idea is out and about, it can't be called back, silenced or erased. You can't contain it, any more than you could put the head of a dandelion back together after the wind has scattered its seeds. " ~*P.W. Catanese (American author and advertising writer)

Excerpt from the book "Happenstance Found"

"The ability of dandelions to tell the time is somewhat exaggerated, owing to the fact that there is always one seed that refuses to be blown off; the time usually turns out to be 37 o'clock." ~*Miles Kington (British journalist, musician and broadcaster)

"You cannot forget, if you would, those golden kisses all over the cheels of the meadow, queerly called dandelions." ~*Henry Ward Beecher -- Star Paper. A Discourse of Flowers. (American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker)

" To some the dandelion is a weed; but not to me, unless it takes more than its share of space, for I always miss these little earth stars when they are absent. They intensify the sunshine shimmering on the lawn, making one smile involuntarily when seeing them. Moreover, they awaken pleasant memories, for a childhood in which dandelions had no part is a defective experience." ~*Edward Payson Roe ( American novelist)

"And there, row upon row, with the soft gleam of flowers opened at morning, with the light of this June sun glowing through a faint skin of dust, would stand the dandelion wine. Peer through it at the wintry day - the snow melted to grass, the trees were reinhabitated with bird, leaf, and blossoms like a continent of butterflies breathing on the wind. And peering through, color sky from iron to blue. Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in" ~*Ray Bradbury ( American author and screenwriter)

Excerpt from the book "Dandelion Wine"

" The dandelion 'copies in gold upon the green expanse
The stars of the midnight sky" ~*John Burroughs (American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement)

"I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world." ~*Sarah J. Maas (American fantasy author)

Excerpt from the book "A Court of Thorns and Roses"

"Next time you see a yardful of sprouting dandelions, note that they look remarkably like things we call "flowers." And later, when the flowers turn into fluff balls, look closely at one of those fluff balls and ask yourself whether it's really so unattractive." ~*Robert Wright (American journalist)

Excerpt from the Article "The Dandelion King" - Opinionator

"I laugh, and it was amazing! I swear I could see my laughter floating around me like puffy things you blow off a dandelion, only instead of being white it was birthday-cake-frosting-blue. wow! Who knew hitting my head and passing out would be so much fun? I wonder if this was what it was like to be high. " ~*P. C. Cast (American romance/fantasy author)

Excerpt from the book "House of Night Series - Books 1"

"Pale little dandelion in her white shroud
Heareth the angel-breeze Call from the cloud;
Tiny plumes fluttering no delay,
Little winged Dandelion Soareth away." ~*Helen Barron Bostwick (American Poet)

"Killing Jesus was like trying to destroy a dandelion seed-head by blowing on it" ~*Walter Wink (American biblical scholar, theologian, and activist)

"Some ideas, like dandelions in lawns, strike tenaciously: you may pull off the top but the root remains, drives down suckers and may even sprout again." ~*Elizabeth Bowen (Irish-British novelist and short story writer)

Excerpt from the book "The Heat of the Day"

"Bearing in his right paw the shovel that digs to the truth beneath appearances, cut the roots of useless attachments, and flings damp sand on the fires of greed and war; His left paw in the Mudra of Comradely Display - indicating that all creatures have the full right to live to their limits and that deer, rabbits, chipmunks, snakes, dandelions, and lizards all grow in the realm of the Dharma. " ~*Gary Snyder (American Poet,essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist)

Excerpt from the book "Back on the Fire: Essays"

"What I know about living is the pain is never just ours Every time I hurt I know the wound is an echo So I keep a listening to the moment the grief becomes a window When I can see what I couldn’t see before, through the glass of my most battered dream, I watched a dandelion lose its mind in the wind and when it did, it scattered a thousand seeds. So the next time I tell you how easily I come out of my skin, don’t try to put me back in just say here we are together at the window aching for it to all get better" ~*Andrea Gibson (American poet and activist)

Verse from the poem "The Madness Vase / The Nutritionist"

"To the fuki plant, dandelions, and their kind that lie for long patiently under the fallen snow, comes the season of breezy spring. No sooner do they see the light of the world, stretching their longing heads out from the cracks in the snow, than they are instantly nipped off. For these plants isn't the sorrow as deep as that of the child's parents whose child had accidentally died? They say everything in the plant and tree kingdom attains Buddhahood. Then they, too, must have Buddha-nature." ~*Kobayashi Issa (Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect)

Verse from the poem "The Spring Of My Life and Selected Haiku"

"Scandals are like dandelion seeds--they are arrow-headed, and stick where they fall, and bring forth and multiply fourfold." ~*Ouida/ Maria Louise Ramé (English novelist)

Verse from the poem "Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos"

"Young Dandelion
On a hedge-side
Said young Dandelion
Who'll be my bride?

Said young Dandelion
With a sweet air,
I have my eye on
Miss Daisy fair. " ~*D.M. Mulock/Dinah Craik (English novelist and poet)

Verse/Quote titled "Young Dandelion" from The cyclopedia of practical quotations

"When some portion of the biosphere is rather unpopular with the human race-a crocodile, a dandelion, a stony valley, a snowstorm, an odd-shaped flint-there are three sorts of human being who are particularly likely still to see point in it and befriend it. They are poets, scientists and children. Inside each of us, I suggest, representatives of all these groups can be found." ~*Mary Midgley (British philosopher and Lecturer)

"Suddenly I realized that I wanted everything to be as it was when I was younger. When you're young enough, you don't know that you live in a cheap lousy apartment. A cracked chair is nothing other than a chair. A dandelion growing out of a crack in the sidewalk outside your front door is a garden. You could believe that a song your parent was singing in the evening was the most tragic opera in the world. It never occurs to you when you are very young to need something other than what your parents have to offer you." ~*Heather O'Neill (Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist)

Excerpt from the book "Lullabies for Little Criminals"

"I am no more lonely than a single mullein or dandelion in a pasture, or a bean leaf, or sorrel, or a horse-fly, or a bumblebee. I am no more lonely than the Mill Brook, or a weathercock, or the north star, or the south wind, or an April shower, or a January thaw, or the first spider in a new house." ~*Henry David Thoreau (American essayist, poet, and philosopher)

Excerpt from the book "Walden or, Life in the Woods"

"Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered...sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks." ~*Ray Bradbury (Science Fiction & Mystery writer, playwright, screenwriter and poet)

Excerpt from the book "Dandelion Wine"

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