Sunday, June 08, 2008

Rose Facts

According to the Victorian "language of flowers", different colored roses each have their own symbolic meaning:
• Red: love
• Pink: grace, gentle feelings of love
• Dark Pink: gratitude
• Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
• White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
• Yellow: Yellow roses generally mean dying love or platonic love. In German-speaking countries, however, they can mean jealousy and infidelity.
• Yellow with red tips: Friendship, falling in love
• Orange: passion
• Burgundy: beauty
• Blue: mystery
• Green: calm
• Black: slavish devotion (as a true black rose is impossible to produce)
• Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)

• In the driest whitest stretch of pain's infinite desert, I lost my sanity and found this rose. – Rumi
• What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act II, sc. ii
• O, my love's like a red, red rose – Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose
• Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses. – James Oppenheim, "Bread and Roses"
• Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily (1913), a poem included in Geography and Plays.
• Arise, arise, arouse, a rose!- Eh, a rosy nose? – Jeremy Hilary Boob, Ph.D. (more commonly referred to as the 'Nowhere Man'), Yellow Submarine (film)

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