Roses fall, but the thorns remain-Dutch Proverb

I request readers to help me in understanding the meaning of the above Dutch Proverb

Rose is a Rose

“The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is”

Paulo Coelho

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  9 comments for “Roses fall, but the thorns remain-Dutch Proverb

  1. September 17, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Maybe…beauty may fade, but your true self remains?
    (the flower petals may whither and fall away (beauty) but the “plant”/heart remains)

    I really don’t know…just my interpretation…

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    • September 17, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      I think what you explained makes sense to me.

      The statement in the proverb..’ the thorn remains’ was a bit confusing…what exactly the
      thorns referring to?

      ☑️Hardships of life?
      ☑️Disappointments in our life?
      ☑️When beauty fades….originality exposed?
      I am not sure.

      Thank you so much my friend


      • September 17, 2021 at 6:04 pm

        You’re welcome.

        I think maybe all of the above could apply as well. I’ve heard of thorns being described as a protection or shield of sorts. It’s really hard for a black snake, or any predator, to get to a nest in the rose bush. Even a human can have a hard time dealing with the thorns of a rose bush.

        While the flower (beauty) is short lived, the core self (thorns) remains, whatever the core may be.

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  2. September 17, 2021 at 11:01 am


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  3. September 19, 2021 at 7:43 am

    What a great post I love it
    Laugh because… Why not??

    Liked by 1 person

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