20 Best and Happiest Sunflower Quotes, Poems, and Sayings

Updated on May 3, 2018
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Every time I read a book, I love to jot down and record my favorite quotes in it. There is a sentiment to match every mood.

Sunflower in field of flowers
Sunflower in field of flowers

Apart from providing a wonderful warm feeling in your heart, these sentiments and sayings are also particularly useful for all the artistic and crafty projects that you might be working on. You can add these phrases to your handmade projects such as cards, scrapbook pages, and handwritten notes and letters. That way you can spread some cheer around. Read through these delightful and heartfelt words and banish the winter blues forever!

If you are a fan and love this amazing plant half as much as I do, you should really enjoy looking through this highly uplifting and positive page. Everyone is in need of a ray of sunshine (especially on a cloudy and miserable day). Inspiring words can do a lot to lift your mood. They can also make wonderful sentiments to share online. Put them on social media for others to enjoy as well. Enjoy this beautiful selection of sunflower quotations.

I adore sunflowers because they are such a cheerful and happy flower to gaze upon at any time of the year. This is a pick of my favorite sunflower themed quotes and sayings. If you are in want of a real dose of sunshine to make you feel especially good about yourself, this positive and optimistic page will provide just what your longing for!

Sunflower Quotations and Sayings

Writer/Artist
Quote
1. Henry Ward Beecher
"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock."
2. William Cullen Bryant
"And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood."
3. Tim Firth, Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls 2003 Movie)
"Which makes it ironic my favourite flower isn't even indigenous to the British Isles, let alone Yorkshire. I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life."
4. Oscar Wilde
"The gaudy leonine sunflower Hangs black and barren on its stalk And down the windy garden walk The dead leaves scatter - hour by hour"
5. A Maori Proverb
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you."
6. Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"Light-enchanted sunflower, thou Who gazest ever true and tender On the sun's revolving splendour."
7. Henry Ward Beecher
"As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them."
8. Marie Williams Johnstone
"True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time."
9. Abraham Cowley
"The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame; It was not sleep that made him nod, he said, But too great weight and largeness of his head."
10. Thomas Bulfinch
"The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy."
11. Vincent Van Gogh
"I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers."
12. Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."
13. Helen Keller
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."
14. Thomas Moore
"It is not while beauty and youth are thine own, And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear, That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known, To which time will but make thee more dear! Oh the heart that has truly loved never forgets, But as truly loves on to the close, As the sunflower turns to her god when he sets The same look which she turned when he rose!"
15. Chuck Jones
"The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds - the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall."
16. Jean Paul Richter
"Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows."
17. Erasmus Darwin
"With zealous step he climbs the upland lawn, And bows in homage to the rising dawn; Imbibes with eagle eye the golden ray, And watches, as it moves, the orb of day."
18. Eugenio Montale
"Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, And life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light."
19. Edna Ferber
"Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets."
20. James Montgomery
"Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand, And on the sun's noon-glory gaze; With eye like his, thy lids expand, And fringe their disk with golden rays: Though fix'd on earth, in darkness rooted there, Light is thy element, thy dwelling air, Thy prospect heaven."
Bee on a sunflower plant
Bee on a sunflower plant

2 Great Poems About Sunflowers

Why not write a gorgeous poem about sunflowers as a gift for a friend? The glory of the sunflower has inspired many great artists and poets. Below are two of the most beautiful and famous poems ever written about sunflowers.

William Blake and Sunflowers

"Ah! Sun-flower" is an illustrated poem written by the English poet, painter, and printmaker William Blake. It was published as part of his collection Songs of Experience in 1794.

"Ah! Sunflower" by William Blake

Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime,
Where the traveller's journal done;
Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

Oscar Wilde and Sunflowers

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, and for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was also recognized as a great poet. Like many poets, Wilde was mesmerized by the beauty of the sunflower.

"Le Jardin" by Oscar Wilde

The lily's withered chalice falls
Around its rod of dusty gold,
And from the beech-trees on the wold
The last wood-pigeon coos and calls.
The gaudy leonine sunflower
Hangs black and barren on its stalk,
And down the windy garden walk
The dead leaves scatter, - hour by hour.
Pale privet-petals white as milk
Are blown into a snowy mass:
The roses lie upon the grass
Like little shreds of crimson silk.

Sunflower against a fence and blue country sky
Sunflower against a fence and blue country sky

Should I Gift These Flowers?

This delightful and happy looking yellow flower is one of the best flowers that you can use to gift to someone who is in need of a friendly pick-me-up. Put a smile on someone's face by giving them a bunch of sunflowers. This makes a wonderful gift for a friend.

Best Way to Gift a Sunflower

  1. Wrap a bow around these freshly picked flowers.
  2. Use some cheerful and bright yellow color ribbon such as gingham, checked or spotty. This would look great!
  3. Deliver it in person with a smile!

It is hard for someone not to feel happy and optimistic when they look at this beautiful and positive flower. It looks great in every household.

5 Cool Facts About Sunflowers

1. They're Native to the Americas.

Like potatoes, tomatoes, and corn, sunflowers didn't originate in Europe. They were cultivated in North America as far back as 3000 B.C.E. They were originally developed for food, medicine, dye, and oil. Later, they were exported to the rest of the world by Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s.

2. They Were Brought to Russia by Royalty.

Tsar Peter the Great was so fascinated by the sunflowers that he saw in the Netherlands that he took some back to Russia. They became popular when people discovered that sunflower seed oil was not banned during Lent. By the early 19th century, the country was planting millions of acres of sunflowers every year.

3. They Track the Sun.

Sunflowers display a behavior called heliotropism. The young blossoms will face east in the morning and follow the sun as the earth moves during the day. As the flowers get heavier during seed production, the stems will stiffen and the mature flower heads will generally remain facing east.

4. The World's Tallest Sunflower Reaches 30 Feet 1 inch.

In the summer of 2014, Hans-PeterSchiffer toppled the Guinness World Record for the third year in a row. The local fire brigade lent its help in measuring the sunflower, which required its own scaffold.

5. They Have a History of Healing.

In Mexico, the flowers were thought to soothe chest pain. A number of tribes agreed with the plant's curing properties. The Cherokee utilized an infusion of sunflower leaves to treat kidneys while the Dakota brought it out to soothe "chest pain and pulmonary troubles."

© 2011 Marie

Your Comments: Have You Got a Favorite Sunflower Saying to Share?

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      liss Silverwing 

      3 years ago

      found your article while looking for a quote for my painting . i wish u could see it :)

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      julieannbrady 

      4 years ago

      I simply can't pick a favorite - it's like trying to pick a favorite sunflower blossom from my garden of a few hundred plants. I am so inspired by them.

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      AnonymousC831 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lovely lens.

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      Marie 

      4 years ago

      @susan369: Me too! Yes they are great for crafty projects - someone used a quote once to paint on an outdoor bench. Great idea. Thanks for your visit.

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      susan369 

      4 years ago

      I love sunflowers and I love quotes! So what could be better than sunflower quotes! What a great idea! I might have to pinch some of these to use it in my projects!

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      chrisilouwho 

      4 years ago

      What a lovely idea! This brightened my day, thank you!

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      andreea22 

      4 years ago

      What a great and optimistic lens! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a beautiful lens. I do love sunflowers.

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      gpbryan 

      4 years ago

      I saw this quote years ago, I still have it written on a faded piece of paper: "As the sunflower turns its face toward the sun, following faithfully the path of light...May we turn our hearts to the Son, following faithfully his path of righteousness."

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      Marie 

      4 years ago

      @ecogranny: That is a really wonderful perception, Grace. Helen Keller was an extraordinary woman and that would not surprise me at all that she might indeed have done this. Thank you for your visit, you're always a very welcome guest :)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      I was struck by Helen Keller's quotation, trying to imagine what she could know of sunflowers, and then I realized that she must have spent some time touching them at different hours of the day and recognizing that they always turned their faces toward the sun she could feel hot on her face or back. How quickly something so short and small as a few remembered words can change one, for I feel as though I have just spent the last thirty minutes in mediation.

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      JessicaLVine LM 

      4 years ago

      My friend painted a really pretty with sunflowers. <3

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      jolou 

      4 years ago

      What a cheerful and happy page. I love sunflowers because of their bright color and association with summer.

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      Marie 

      4 years ago

      @joseph-sottile-16: Thank you, that's a great quote.

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      Marie 

      4 years ago

      @jolou: Thank you, that was exactly my intention to create a really cheerful and happy page :)

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      @Moon-Light: yes! Its Very good post, informative and thorough.

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      joseph-sottile-16 

      4 years ago

      This lens is worth visiting more than once...I love this quote: "Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."

      ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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      joseph-sottile-16 

      5 years ago

      Sunflowers are great flowers.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      5 years ago

      I love sunflowers. They always make me feel like summer.

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Sunflowers are so bright and beautiful, love them

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      MarieWilliamsJohnstone 

      5 years ago

      @Moon-Light: Thank you moon-light :)

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      Moon-Light 

      5 years ago

      A very good article for people who love flowers!

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      MarieWilliamsJohnstone 

      5 years ago

      @CherylK: Thank you very much, Cheryl. I appreciate it :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent! I had no idea there were so many quotes about sunflowers! Helen Keller's quote is one of my favorites. I'm Squid liking this and also linking it to my quotations lens. Nice work!

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      MarieWilliamsJohnstone 

      5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you, sunflowers are the ideal moodlifting flower :)

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      waldenthreenet 

      6 years ago

      Sunflowers are source of art and culture but also important source of food for man, particularly in desert areas in USA. Congrads on your Squidoo level 60. Conversations helps with deeper undestanding. Thanks.

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      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      What a pretty and uplifting lens.

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @waldenthreenet: Yes I love the fact that Sunflowers are a perfect mix of beauty and usefulness too :)

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @indigoj: Thank you, what a lovely comment. I really appreciate your visit to my sunflower pages.

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      Indigo Janson 

      6 years ago from UK

      The sunflower is the happiest flower of all! And this is a happy, sunny page with lovely quotes and sunflower gifts.

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: I do love sunflowers because they're such a happy flower and they fit with the way I like to be. Thanks for visiting.

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @EMangl: Thank you so much.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Awesome sunflower quotes. So you're a sunflower niche writer. Very cool!

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      EMangl 

      6 years ago

      what a sweet lens!

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Aren't they just! Thanks for stopping by my sunflower quotes page.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      A lovely, enchanting page filled with sunshine. Sunflowers are the friendliest of flowers. :-)

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much for your visit - I really and truly appreciate it.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love anything sunflowers, glad to have browsed onto your lens ... if you like to browse too, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @juditpaton: Your visit and your comment on my sunflower quotes page is very much appreciated, thank you :)

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @hysongdesigns: Thank you so much, that's so kind of you. I'm thinking that we like similar things!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      6 years ago from Ozun

      so beautiful lens...I am a sunflower fan, and now i got very new ideas how to get sunflower in my house. Thank you.

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      hysongdesigns 

      6 years ago

      very nice; I'm going to add it to the featured lenses on my Cheerful Sunny Sunflowers lens! How fun; we both picked a couple of the same items for our Sunflower lenses.

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