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There is a flower, a little flower
With silver crest and golden eye,
That welcomes every changing hour,
And weathers every sky.
Bellis perennis (Johann Georg Sturm)

Daisy (Bellis perennis) are the most prevalent flowers in the Asteraceae or Compositae family, the largest family of vascular plants, which is also referred to as the aster, daisy, or sunflower family.


  • Kathleen Kelly: They're so friendly. Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?
  • Not worlds on worlds, in phalanx deep,
    Need we to prove a God is here;
    The Daisy, fresh from Winter's sleep,
    Tells of his hand in lines as clear.
    • John Mason Good, "The Daisy" (c1813), in Olinthus Gregory, Memoirs of the Life, Writings and Character, Literary, Professional, and Religious, of the Late John Mason Good, M.D. (London: Henry Fisher, Son, and Co., 1828), p. 381.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 155-56.
  • And a breastplate made of daisies,
    Closely fitting, leaf on leaf,
    Periwinkles interlaced
    Drawn for belt about the waist;
    While the brown bees, humming praises,
    Shot their arrows round the chief.
  • The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.
  • Even thou who mournst the daisy's fate,
    That fate is thine—no distant date;
    Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives, elate,
    Full on thy bloom,
    Till crushed beneath the furrow's weight
    Shall be thy doom!
  • Over the shoulders and slopes of the dune
    I saw the white daisies go down to the sea,
    A host in the sunshine, an army in June,
    The people God sends us to set our heart free.
  • You may wear your virtues as a crown,
    As you walk through life serenely,
    And grace your simple rustic gown
    With a beauty more than queenly.
    Though only one for you shall care,
    One only speak your praises;
    And you never wear in your shining hair,
    A richer flower than daisies.
  • That of all the floures in the mede,
    Thanne love I most these floures white and rede,
    Suche as men callen daysyes in her toune.
  • That men by reason will it calle may
    The daisie or elles the eye of day
    The emperice, and floure of floures alle.
  • Daisies infinite
    Uplift in praise their little glowing hands,
    O'er every hill that under heaven expands.
  • And daisy-stars, whose firmament is green.
  • Stoop where thou wilt, thy careless hand
    Some random bud will meet;
    Thou canst not tread, but thou wilt find
    The daisy at thy feet.
  • All summer she scattered the daisy leaves;
    They only mocked her as they fell.
    She said: "The daisy but deceives;
    'He loves me not,' 'he loves me well,'
    One story no two daisies tell."
    Ah foolish heart, which waits and grieves
    Under the daisy's mocking spell.
  • Spake full well, in language quaint and olden,
    One who dwelleth by the castled Rhine,
    When he call'd the flowers, so blue and golden,
    Stars that on earth's firmament do shine.
  • Stars are the daisies that begem
    The blue fields of the sky.
  • There is a flower, a little flower
    With silver crest and golden eye,
    That welcomes every changing hour,
    And weathers every sky.
  • The Rose has but a Summer reign,
    The daisy never dies.
  • Bright flowers, whose home is everywhere
    Bold in maternal nature's care
    And all the long year through the heir
    Of joy and sorrow,
    Methinks that there abides in thee
    Some concord with humanity,
    Given to no other flower I see
    The forest through.
  • We meet thee, like a pleasant thought,
    When such are wanted.
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