„every time I've held a rose,
It seems I only felt the thorns“

—  Billy Joel

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
Billy Joel Foto
Billy Joel
US-amerikanischer Sänger und Songschreiber 1949

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Billy Joel Foto

„And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns.
And so it goes, and so it goes.
And so will you soon I suppose.“

—  Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949

And So It Goes.
Song lyrics, Storm Front (1989)

Arthur Schopenhauer Foto

„I've learned that empowered thinking is a choice — a state of mind. It's the ability to enjoy a rose with no mind of the thorn.“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975

Quelle: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 78
Kontext: I've learned that empowered thinking is a choice — a state of mind. It's the ability to enjoy a rose with no mind of the thorn. It's the ability to celebrate a life even though it has passed. It's seeing the flowers even during a rainstorm.

Robert Herrick Foto

„Before man's fall the rose was born,
St. Ambrose says, without the thorn;
But for man's fault then was the thorn
Without the fragrant rose-bud born; But ne'er the rose without the thorn.“

—  Robert Herrick, buch Hesperides

"The Rose" (published c. 1648). Compare: "Flower of all hue, and without thorn the rose", John Milton, Paradise Lost, book iv. line 256.; "Every rose has it's thorn", Poison, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn".
Hesperides (1648)

Alexander Pope Foto

„Let opening roses knotted oaks adorn,
And liquid amber drop from every thorn.“

—  Alexander Pope, Pastorals

Autumn, line 36.
Pastorals (1709)

Martin Amis Foto
Rabindranath Tagore Foto

„Let him only see the thorns who has eyes to see the rose.“

—  Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Quelle: Stray Birds

Isaac Leib Peretz Foto

„A stranger's rose is but a thorn.“

—  Isaac Leib Peretz Yiddish language author and playwright 1852 - 1915

In Alien Lands, translated by Leah W. Leonard.

Felix Adler Foto

„The rose Religion grows on a thorn-bush, and we must not be afraid to have our fingers lacerated by the thorns if we would pluck the rose.“

—  Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933

Section 7 : Spiritual Progress
Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913)
Kontext: By what sort of experience are we led to the conviction that spirit exists? On the whole, by searching, painful experience. The rose Religion grows on a thorn-bush, and we must not be afraid to have our fingers lacerated by the thorns if we would pluck the rose.

Fernando Pessoa Foto

„Life is full of paradoxes, as roses are of thorns.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares

Quelle: The Book of Disquiet

Henry David Thoreau Foto

„Truths and roses have thorns about them.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

This is commonly misattributed because Thoreau wrote it in his journal June 14, 1838, but it was not original. This was a popular aphorism in his day, appearing in several collections of proverbs during his lifetime. Its origin is unknown, but it had appeared in print before his birth. E.g., in Joseph Dennie and Asbury Dickins, The Port Folio, vol.2, no.1 (July 1809) http://books.google.com/books?id=YrIRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA431, p. 431; and in Felipe Fernandez, Exercises on the rules of construction of the Spanish language http://books.google.com/books?id=LMIBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA228, 3rd ed. (1811), p. 228.
Misattributed

John Lydgate Foto

„There is no rose
Spryngyng in gardeyns, but ther be sum thorn.“

—  John Lydgate monk and poet 1370 - 1450

Bk. 1, line 57.
The Fall of Princes

„Romantic: one who professes to prefer the thorns to the rose.“

—  Yahia Lababidi 1973

Signposts to Elsewhere (2008)

Chiaki Kuriyama Foto

„With strength and patience all his grievous loads are borne,
And from the world's rose-bed he only asks a thorn.“

—  William R. Alger American clergyman and poet 1822 - 1905

"Mussud's Praise of the Camel", p. 257.
Poetry of the Orient, 1893 edition

Alan Keyes Foto

„You can't build marriage on a foundation of selfish hedonism, because that would be to promise people only roses, and marriage is also thorns.“

—  Alan Keyes American politician 1950

Party for the President, September 2, 2004. http://renewamerica.us/archives/speeches/04_09_02partypresident.htm.
2009

André Gide Foto
Anne Brontë Foto

„But he, that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.“

—  Anne Brontë British novelist and poet 1820 - 1849

The Narrow Way (1848)
Kontext: On all her breezes borne
Earth yields no scents like those;
But he, that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.

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