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?) Also check out: Dandelion Prose, Short Verse and Random Writings Dandelion Poetry[Page 1] [Page 2] [Page 3]
"If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn." ~*Andrew D. Mason (American businessman and entrepreneur/founder of "Groupon")
"It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stoney street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.
" ~*Henry Ward Beecher (American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer)
"What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again." ~*Suzanne Collins (American television writer and author.)
"The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in loving the dandelions." ~*Liberty Hyde Bailey (American horticulturist and botanist/cofounder of the "American Society for Horticultural Science")
"No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos." ~*D. H. Lawrence (English writer and poet)
Excerpt from: "Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine: And Other Essays"
"Organic as a dandelion seed, [the ship of our imagination] will carry us to worlds of dreams and worlds of facts" ~*Carl Sagan (American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author)
Quote from: "Cosmos" - "Episode 01: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean"
"The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in loving the dandelions." ~*L.H. Bailey (American horticulturist and botanist/cofounder of the "American Society for Horticultural Science")
"I have lost my smile, but don't worry. The dandelion has it." ~*Thích Nhất Hạnh (Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist/founder of the Plum Village Tradition. )
"I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too - well-tended lawn." ~*William Henry Hudson (British author, naturalist, and ornithologist)
Excerpt from: "The Book of a Naturalist" - Chapter XXIX - Concerning Lawns, with Incidental observations on earthworms
"We have to do what we have to do. Miracles happen. The life force of this planet is very strong. Dandelions poke through sidewalks. We don't know enough to give up. We only know ee up. We only know enough to know that we have to try to change the course of human events." ~*Elizabeth May (Canadian politician/Environmental Activist and writer/leader of the Green Party of Canada)
What a joy there is 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)
"Like… is like a bunch of dandelion seeds falling beautifully on the ground. It’s a soft and good feeling but can come and go at any time…
Love… is when those same dandelion seeds become firmly rooted sowing its seeds and growing another dandelion on the spot. It takes a lot of energy to grow the dandelion like protecting it from the wind and giving it water and sunlight but it becomes very precious and beautiful in the end…" ~*Seohyun/Seo Ju-hyun (South Korean singer and actress/member of "Girls' Generation" also known as SNSD)"
"Yellow japanned buttercups and star-disked dandelions--just as we see them lying in the grass, like sparks that have leaped from the kindling sun of summer." ~*Oliver Wendell Holmes/O.W. Holmes style:italic;">(American Physician, Poet and Humorist)
"Beautiful as a dandelion-blossom, golden in the green grass, This life can be. Common as a dandelion-blossom, beautiful in the clean grass, not beautiful Because common, beautiful because beautiful, Noble because common, because free." ~*Edna St. Vincent Millay style:italic;">(American poet and playwright/Feminine Activist)
"In a world of roses, She chose to be a dandelion."
~*Sarah Beth McClure (Writer)
"The dandelion's pallid tube
Astonishes the grass,
And winter instantly becomes
An infinite alas." ~*Emily Dickinson ( American Poet)
Verse from the Poem "The Dandelion's Pallid Tube"
"What I Need Is the Dandelion In the Spring. The Bright Yellow That Means Rebirth Instead Of Destruction. The Promise That Life Can Go On, No Matter How Bad Our Losses. That It Can Be Good Again" ~*Suzanne Collins (American television writer and author)
Excerpt from the book: "Mockingjay" (Hunger Games Series)
"All seeds are most interesting, whether winged like the Dandelion and Thistle, to fly on every breeze afar; or barbed to catch in the wool of cattle or the garments of men, to be borne away and spread in all directions over the land" ~*Celia Thaxter (American writer of poetry and stories)
Excerpt from the book: "An Island Garden"
"Some people need flowers, some people need dandelions. It’s medicine, it’s what you need at that time in your life" ~*Sandra Cisneros (American Writer)
"Most of the dandelions had changed from suns into moons" ~*Vladimir Nabokov/Vladimir Sirin (Russian novelist, poet, translator and entomologist)
Excerpt from the book: "Lolita"
"For a long time, it made me think of my hair. I’ve got dandelion hair. There are photos of me as a baby with white-blonde hair sticking up like I’ve had an electric shock, for all the world like a dandelion clock ripe for blowing away." ~*Vivienne Tuffnell (American author)
Excerpt from the book: "Dandelions and Bad Hair Days" (Edited by Suzie Grogan)