Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Rose by Any Other Name

Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes about roses - here are just a few I found that really spoke to me:

Discipline trains you to put up with disappointments, every rose has a thorn.” 
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual Leader)

This quote really talks about the duality of life. Nothing can ever be entirely good or entirely bad. Everything has negative and positive points, even the most beautiful of flowers.

Another great thinker, the Lebanese born American philosophical poet and essayist Kahlil Gibrahn, had this to say about roses :

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.

Like Sathya Sai Baba, this quote speaks about the dual nature of life and how we chose to see things. We can chose to ignore the bad sides or the good sides of any life situation.

Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

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