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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"To have an inner life, to think, to juggle and leap, to become a tightrope walker in the world of ideas. To attack, to riposte, to refute, what a contest, what acclaim. To understand. The most generous word of all. Memory. To retain, a geyser of felicity. Intelligence. The agonizing poverty of my mind. Words and ideas flitting in and out like butterflies. My brain a dandelion seed blown in the wind." ~*Violette Leduc (French Author)
Excerpt from the book: "La Bâtarde"

"By the time we left college, I had become my own image: a dandelion in the flower bed of society. Kinda cute, but still a weed. " ~*Anne Fortier (Danish / Canadian Writer)

"Just as doubt, despair, and desensitization go together, so do faith, hope, and charity. The latter, however, must be carefully and constantly nurtured, whereas despair, like dandelions, needs so little encouragement to sprout and spread. Despair comes so naturally to the natural man! " ~*Neal A. Maxwell (American scholar, educator, and religious leader)
Excerpt from: "Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ "

"Take your materials from what is around you - if you see a dandelion, write about that; if it's misty, write about the mist. The materials for poetry are all about you in profusion." ~*Masaoka Shiki/Masaoka Noboru (Japanese poet, author, and literary critic)
Excerpt from: "Zuimon suitō (Random Questions and Random Answers - 1899)"

"I leave to children exclusively, but only for the life of their childhood, all and every the dandelions of the fields and the daisies thereof, with the right to play among them freely, according to the custom of children, warning them at the same time against the thistles. And I devise to children the yellow shores of creeks and the golden sands beneath the water thereof, with the dragon flies that skim the surface of said waters, and and the odors of the willows that dip into said waters, and the white clouds that float on high above the giant trees." ~*Williston Fish (American Attorney, businessman and author)
Excerpt from: "Last Will of Charles Lounsbury "

"As for family values, they are whatever they are - some families are tight, others are blown away like dandelion puffs. A main value in Minnesota is still: don't waste my time, don't B.S. me, I wasn't born yesterday. " ~*Garrison Keillor (American author, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality)

"She spotted a lone dandelion,and it crossed her mind that a younger Luce would have pounced on it and then made a wish and blown. But this Luce's wishes felt too heavy for something so light." ~*Lauren Kate (American Author of adult and young adult fiction)
Excerpt from: "The Fallen Series"

"Death by evaporation. May the saltwater wind that gets shot out of a barreling wave blow me away like an old puffy dandelion into the sky." ~*Anthony Kiedis (American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor/lead vocalist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

"The practice of kindness is the daily, friendly, homely caring form of love. It is both humble-a schoolboy bringing his teacher a bouquet of dandelions-and exalted-a fireman giving his life to save someone else's. Kindness is love with hands and hearts and minds. It is both whimsical-causing our faces to crack into a smile-and deeply touching-causing our eyes to shimmer with tears. And its miraculous nature is such that the more acts of kindness we offer, the more of them we have to give, for acts of kindness are always drawn from the endless well of love." ~*Dawna Markova (American Inspirational speaker and writer)
Excerpt from: "The Fallen Series"

"A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still they plagued him. Finally he wrote the department of agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: "What shall I do now?" In due course the reply came: "We suggest you learn to love them."" ~*Anthony de Mello (Indian psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, writer and Jesuit priest)

"My father announced early on that he didn't want his sons to be "country club bums." And for a number of reasons, I bore the brunt of that - I have an older brother and two younger brothers. So he had me work in all my spare time. I started out picking dandelions, shoveling stalls, milking cows, building a fence - whatever dirty job was out there. That's a big deal, because you learn things working that you don't learn in school." ~*Charles Koch (American businessman, political donor and philanthropist)

"But afterall it's not the winning that matters, is it? Or is it? It's to coin a word the amenities that count: the smell of the dandelions, the puff of the pipe, the click of the bat, the rain on the neck, the chill down the spine, the slow, exquisite coming on of sunset and dinner and rheumatism " ~*Alistair Cooke (British-American writer, journalist, radio broadcaster and television personality)
Excerpt from: "America Observed: From the 1940s to the 1980s"

"Rhythm is best expressed in any swing directed at a cigar stump or a dandelion head." ~*Grantland Rice (American sportswriter)

"I am Persephone" she said, her voice thin and papery. "Welcome, demigods. Nico squashed a pomegranate under his boot. "Welcome? After last time, you've got the nerve to welcome me?" I shifted uneasily, because talking that way to a god can get you blasted into dust bunnies. "Um, Nico-" "It's all right," Persephone said coldly. "We had a little family spat." "Family spat?" Nico cried. "You turned me into a dandelion!" ~*Rick Riordan (American Author)
Excerpt from: "The Demigod Files"

"We like to put sacred texts in flowing waters, so I rolled it up, tied it to a piece of wood, placed a dandelion on top, and floated it in the stream which flows into the Swat River. Surely God would find it there." ~*Malala Yousafzai (Pakistani activist for female education)
Excerpt from: "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban"

"The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me." ~*James Russell Lowell ("Al Fresco" - https://allpoetry.com/Al-Fresco)
Also see: "To The Dandelion" Poem by James Russell Lowell

"Tumbling-hair picker of buttercups violets dandelions And the big bullying daisies through the field wonderful with eyes a little sorry Another comes also picking flowers " ~*E.E cummings (American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright)
Poem titled: "Tumbling-hair"

"I'm really into rooibos tea with goat's milk and a little bit of honey. I also drink dandelion tea, Earl Grey, and sometimes a green tea. I'm very into tea." ~*Miranda Kerr (Australian model)

"i decapitated dandelions all morning, leaving carnage and death strewn into my path." ~*Laurie Halse Anderson (American writer of children's and young adult novels)
Excerpt from: "Twisted"

"To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed." ~*Suzanne Collins (American television writer and author)
Excerpt from the book: "The Hunger Games"

"I watch the ashes swim around like dandelion puffs, making swirls where bodies and walls once stood. " ~*Lauren DeStefano (American young adult Writer)
Excerpt from the book: "Sever (Chemical Garden)"

"What a joy is there in a good book, writ by some great master of thought, who breaks into beauty as in summer the meadow into grass and dandelions and violets, with geraniums and manifold sweetness." ~*Theodore Parker (American Transcendentalist and reforming minister of the Unitarian church)

"So much love, too much love, it is our madness, it is rotting us out, exploding us like dandelion polls. " ~*John Updike (American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic)
Excerpt from: "Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy"

"Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits. " ~*Katherine Paterson (Chinese-American writer of children's novels)
Excerpt from the book: "Read for Your Life #5"

"If dandelions were rare and fragile, people would knock themselves out to pay $14.95 a plant, raise them by hand in greenhouses, and form dandelion societies and all that. But, they are everywhere and don't need us and kind of do what they please. So we call them weeds and murder them at every opportunity " ~*Robert Fulghum (American author and Unitarian Universalist minister.)
Excerpt from: "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"

"That the sum of a man's life was not where he wound up but in the details that brought him there. That we made mistakes. I closed my eyes, sick of the riddles, and to my surprise all I could see were dandelions-as if they had been painted on the fields of my imagination, a hundred thousand suns. And I remembered something else that makes us human: faith, the only weapon in our arsenal to battle doubt." ~*Jodi Picoult (American Writer)

"What an indulgence it would be, to just blow off my head, all my mean spirits disappearing with a gun blast, like blowing a seedy dandelion apart." ~*Gillian Flynn (American Writer)
Excerpt from the book: "Dark Places"

"Old stories would tell how Weavers would kill each other over aesthetic disagreements, such as whether it was prettier to destroy an army of a thousand men or to leave it be, or whether a particular dandelion should or should not be plucked. For a Weaver, to think was to think aesthetically. To act - to Weave - was to bring about more pleasing patterns. They did not eat physical food: they seemed to subsist on the appreciation of beauty." ~*China Miéville (British fantasy fiction author, essayist, comic book writer, socialist political activist and literary critic)
Excerpt from the book: "Perdido Street Station"

"I wish I could close my eyes and be blown into dust and nothingness, feel all my thoughts disperse like dandelion fluff drifting off on the wind. But his hands keep pulling me back: into the alley, and Portland, and a world that has suddenly stopped making sense." ~*Lauren Oliver (American author of numerous young adult novels)
Excerpt from the book: "Delirium"

"Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world. If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn. " ~*Andrew Mason (American businessman and entrepreneur/founder and former CEO of 'Groupon')

"Already the dandelions Are changed into vanishing ghosts." ~*Celia Thaxter (American writer of poetry and stories)
Verse from the poem: "Already" (Drift-Weed)"

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