C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The poet’s darling.


  • Thou unassuming commonplace
  • Of nature.
  • Wordsworth.

  • That well by reason men it call may
  • The daisie, or els the eye of the day,
  • The emprise, and floure of no floures all.
  • Chaucer.

  • Small service is true service while it lasts:
  • Of humblest friends, bright creature! scorn not one:
  • The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
  • Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun.
  • Wordsworth.

  • Myriads of daisies have shown forth in flower
  • Near the lark’s nest, and in their natural hour
  • Have passed away; less happy than the one
  • That, by the unwilling ploughshare, died to prove
  • The tender charm of poetry and love.
  • Wordsworth.

  • Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow’r,
  • Thou’s met me in an evil hour;
  • For I maun crush amang the stoure
  • Thy slender stem:
  • To spare thee now is past my pow’r,
  • Thou bonnie gem.
  • Burns.

  • Of all the floures in the mede,
  • Than love I most these floures white and rede,
  • Soch that men callen daisies in our toun.
  • Chaucer.