“Some people …are always finding fault with Nature for putting thorns on roses; I always thank her for having put roses on thorns.”

Alphonse Karr, as translated from his poem:
De leur meilleur côté tâchons de voir les choses:
Vous vous plaignez de voir les rosiers épineux;
Moi je me réjouis et rends grâces aux dieux
Que les épines aient des roses.


Often, this quote is written as “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses,” and erroneously attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

14 thoughts on “

  1. Herb March 8, 2021 / 5:59 pm

    A lot of weeds have pretty flowers.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. dumbestblogger March 8, 2021 / 9:12 pm

    My glass used to be half full. Then I drank it, so now it’s empty.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. petespringerauthor March 8, 2021 / 11:04 pm

    It’s all in one’s perspective. I’ll hang with the optimists.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chel Owens March 9, 2021 / 7:22 am

      Darn, Pete. Will you send me a card now and then, then? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • petespringerauthor March 9, 2021 / 8:50 am


        Liked by 1 person

  4. LA March 9, 2021 / 6:38 am

    That’s pretty perfect

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.