Herbs are plants that are valued for flavor, scent, medicinal or other qualities. Herbs are used in cooking, as medicines, and for spiritual purposes.
- Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Remember me to one who lives there,
He (she) once was a true love of mine.
- Scarborough Fair, a traditional English ballad of unknown origin, recorded by various artists in the 20th century.
- Thine eyes are springs in whose serene
And silent waters heaven is seen.
Their lashes are the herbs that look
On their young figures in the brook.
- William Cullen Bryant, Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids (1826), stanza 4.
- Dreary rosmarye
That always mourns the dead.
- Thomas Hood, Flowers, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 682.
- I pray your Highness mark this curious herb:
Touch it but lightly, stroke it softly, Sir,
And it gives forth an odor sweet and rare;
But crush it harshly and you'll make a scent
- Charles Godfrey Leland, Sweet Basil, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 774.
- The basil tuft, that waves
Its fragrant blossom over graves.
- The humble rosemary
Whose sweets so thanklessly are shed
To scent the desert and the dead.
- There is an herb named in Latine Convolvulus (i. e. with wind), growing among shrubs and bushes, which carrieth a flower not unlike to this Lilly, save that it yeeldeth no smell nor hath those chives within; for whitenesse they resemble one another very much, as if Nature in making this floure were a learning and trying her skill how to frame the Lilly indeed.
- Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book XXI, Chapter X; Holland's translation, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 137.
- In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true
From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew?
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle I, 219.
- There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
- I know a bank where the wild thyme blows.
- Mrs. Lovett: What's my secret, frankly dear forgive my candor, family secret all to do with herbs, things like being careful with your coriander, that's what makes the gravy grander.
- The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but, when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
- Joseph Smith, Jr., reported in Alma P. Burton, Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 259.