Lilac Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lilac quotes, lilac sayings, and lilac proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If the lilacs bloomed earlier, it could mean we had a milder winter, so look out for potential insect outbreaks. David Wolfe
I cannot understand why my arm is not a lilac tree. Leonard Cohen
April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. T.S. Eliot
May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself. Marty Rubin
Philosophy: a purple bullfinch in a lilac tree. T. S. Eliot
And the lost heart stiffens and rejoices in the lost lilac and the lost sea voices and the weak spirit quickens to rebel for the bent golden-rod and the lost sea smell quickens to recover. T. S. Eliot
When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd, And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night, I mourn'd—and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. Walt Whitman
The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future. Margaret Millar
Lilacs are May in essence. Jean Hersey
Lilac makes on occasion a sound between a sniff and a snort that's as damning as all improper words in the language and, like them, can't be written down. Leslie Ford
The true beloveds of this world are in their lover's eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favorite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory. Truman Capote
Strive not for beauty of raiment, nor for stately dwellings…behold the lilac. L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is - to bloom. Yevgeny Zamyatin
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart; I breathe at this hour the fragrance of the lilacs, the violets, and the roses, as at twenty years ago. Victor Hugo
A faint smell of lilac filled the air. There was always lilac in this part of town. Where there were grandmothers, there was always lilac. Laura Miller
When you chopped logs with the ax and they split open they smelled beautiful, like Christmas. But when you split someone's head open it smelled like abattoir and quite overpowered the scent of the wild lilacs you'd cut and brought into the house only this morning, which was already another life. Kate Atkinson
Fear is a slinking cat I find beneath the lilacs of my mind. Sophie Tunnell
When you're on top and you lead the parade, everyone's there throwing lilies and lilac water on your head. But when those parades have gone by and there's a storm in your heart, there are very few people that are going to sit there and listen to you bemoan life. Sylvester Stallone
Nothing is more wistful than the scent of lilac, nor more robust than its woody stalk, for we must remember that it is a tree as well as a flower, we must try not to forget this. Stevie Smith
Snow is bruised lilac in half light: such pure solace. David Mitchell
Now that the lilacs are in bloom. She has a bowl of lilacs in her room. T.S. Elliot
The Persian Lilac is also extremely useful, as much for the beauty and fragrance of the flowers as the ease with which it can be grown. Groombridge and Sons
Just now the lilac is in bloom. All before my little room. Betty S. Flowers
O months of blossoming, months of transfigurations / May without cloud and June stabbed to the heart / I shall not ever forget the lilacs or the roses / Nor those the spring has kept folded away apart. Louis Aragon
I imagine the earth when I am no more: Women's dresses, dewy lilacs, a song in the valley. Yet the books will be there on the shelves, well born, Derived from people, but also from radiance, heights. Czeslaw Milosz
Lilacs are found growing where winters are cold enough to afford proper growth and ample blossoms. Kim Smith
If you do not want your lilac to become a tree, prune to a height of eight to nine feet, which keeps the blossoms at eye level. Kim Smith
With its versatile form and lovely heart-shaped leaves the lilac is an exceptional companion to a wide range of flowering trees and shrubs. Kim Smith
The ineffable beauty and fragrance of lilacs are enhanced by the many varities of suitable companion plants. Kim Smith
The common lilac is amazingly fragrant, but once it's finished blooming, it is a rather unattractive plant. Vincent Simeone