quote by Abraham Lincoln

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.

— Abraham Lincoln

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The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower?

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them.

Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.

If your thought is a rose, you are a rose garden; and if it is a thistle, you are fuel for the fire.

A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.

Be thankful for the thorns and thistles, which keep you from being in love with this world, and becoming an idolater.

Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.

Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; so it is with man's mind.

Driving down the wrong road and knowing it, The fork years behind, how many have thought To pull up on the shoulder and leave the car Empty, strike out across the fields; and how many Are still mazed among dock and thistle, Seeking the road they should have taken?

I wasn't born of a whistle or milked from a thistle at twilight No I was all horns and thorns sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright.

The wind is not helpless for any man's need, Nor falleth the rain but for thistle and weed.

Cursed be the ground for our sake. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for us. For out of the ground we were taken, for the dust we are and to the dust we shall return.

Gardens can be sharp and spiky as well as rose-embowered and honeysuckle-twined: there are corners and settings where thistles are not such an asinine taste after all.

Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.

What we sow in youth we reap in age; the seed of the thistle always produces the thistle.

And never since harvests were ripened, / Or laborers born, / Have men gathered figs of the thistle, / Or grapes of the thorn!

The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burrs, Losing both beauty and utility.

A stroke of a man knocking a thistle top with a walking stick

I see, when I bend close, how each leaflet of a climbing rose is bordered with frost, the autumn counterpart of the dewdrops of summer dawns. The feathery leaves of yarrow are thick with silver rime and dry thistle heads rise like goblets plated with silver catching the sun.

The life of the earth comes up with a rush in the springtime.

All the wild seeds of weed and thistle, the sprouts of vine and bush and tree, are trying to take the fields. Farmers must fight them with harrow and plow and hoe; they must plant the good seeds quickly.

You can imagine thistle-down so light that when you run after it your running motion would drive it away from you, and that the more you tried to catch it the faster it would fly from your grasp. And it should be with every man, that, when he is chased by troubles, they, chasing, shall raise him higher and higher.

The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.

I would sooner look for figs on thistles than for the higher attributes of art from one whose ruling motive... is money.

When on the breath of Autumn's breeze, From pastures dry and brown, Goes floating, like an idle thought, The fair, white thistle-down; O, then what joy to walk at will, Upon the golden harvest-hill!

If the braine sowes not corne, it plants thistles.

Bear figs for a season or two, and the world outside the orchard is very unwilling you should bear thistles.

Nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, Losing both beauty and utility.

Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out.

It will wear well and be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away. When I am gone, I hope it can be said of me that I plucked a thistle and planted a flower wherever I thought a flower would grow.

The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.

Nothing is less promising than precocity.

A young thistle is more like a future tree than is a young oak.

Life is so complicated a game that the devices of skill are liable to be defeated at every turn by air-blown chances, incalculable as the descent of thistle-down.

It is easier to prevent thistles and habits than to uproot them.

Roads are wet where'er one wendeth, And with rain the thistle bendeth, And the brook cries like a child! Not a rainbow shines to cheer us; Ah! the sun comes never near us, And the heavens look dark and wile.

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