70 Daffodil Quotes to Inspire You to Keep Moving Forward

There are many things to learn about life and strength through flowers, and we’ve compiled some of the best daffodil quotes from the bank to help you power through your day.

Flowers inspire us no matter when or where.

But there’s something about this eager and resilient flower, the daffodil, that makes us want to thrive no matter the challenges we’re facing in life.

Read the full list below to find out more.

And make sure to check out these lavender quotes and rose quotes too.

Best Daffodil Quotes

1. “One daffodil is worth a thousand pleasures, then one is too few.” – William Wordsworth

2. “Life is the greatest gift that could ever be conceived. A daffodil pushing up through the dark earth to the spring, knowing somehow deep in its roots that spring and light and sunshine will come, has more courage and more knowledge of the value of life than any human being I’ve met.” – Madeleine L’Engle

3. “Then my heart, with pleasure, fills and dances with the daffodils.” – William Wordsworth

4. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

5. “You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets, and uneventful nice days.” – Alain de Botton

6. “Daffodils, that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty.” – William Shakespeare

7. “Picasso said that no one has to explain a daffodil. Good design is understandable to virtually everybody. You never have to ask why.” – Hugh Newell Jacobsen

8. “Never be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils.” – Michaela DePrince

9. “I wonder what spendthrift chose to spill such a bright gold under my windowsill! Is it fair gold? Does it glitter still? Bless me! It’s a daffodil!” – Celia Thaxter

Famous Daffodil Quotes

10. “O, fateful flower beside the rill—the daffodil, the daffodil!” – Jean Ingelow

11. “Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.” – Cyril Connolly

12. “Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.” – Philip Larkin

13. “I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil.” – Tamora Pierce

14. “I think if I were living in a utopian world, then it wouldn’t be political commentary; it would be about daffodils.” – Emily Haines

15. “Gay as a daffodil.” – Freddie Mercury

16. “I love spring flowers—daffodils and hyacinths are the ultimate flower for me. They are the essence of spring.” – Kirsty Gallacher

17. “I was in the forest jumping around daffodils while everyone was high on heroin.” – Rufus Wainwright

18. “Daffodils are yellow trumpets of spring.” – Richard L. Ratliff

19. “She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor, ‘Winter is dead.’” – A.A. Milne

Beautiful Daffodil Quotes

20. “I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills. When all at once, I saw a crowd—a host of golden daffodils beside the lake beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” – William Wordsworth

21. “I never saw daffodils so beautiful. They grew among the mossy stones about and above them; some rested their heads upon these stones, as on a pillow, for weariness.” – Dorothy Wordsworth

22. “There is a tiny yellow daffodil. The butterfly can see it from afar, although one summer evening’s dew could fill Its little cup twice over, where the star had called the lazy shepherd to his fold, snd be no prodigal.” – Oscar Wilde

23. “When I bought my farm, I did not know what a bargain I had in the bluebirds, daffodils, and thrushes; as little did I know what sublime mornings and sunsets I was buying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. “She did not look at the daffodils. They didn’t mean anything. She looked at the daffodils. She said, ‘Thank you for the daffodils.’” – Hilda Doolittle

25. “A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up—whether or not the sun is shining outside. Daffodils in a green bowl and let it snow if it will.” – A.A. Milne

26. “Young playmates of the rose and daffodil. Be careful here ye enter in, to fill your baskets high with fennel green, and balm, and golden pines. Savory latter mint and columbines.” – John Keats

27. “I have seen the Lady April bringing the daffodils, bringing the springing grass and the soft warm April rain.” – John Masefield

28. “Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.” – Lydia M. Child

29. “A moss-covered path tended its way around the magnolia tree. Mark started along it, his leg brushing against the perennial border where cheerful yellow daffodils nodded their heads in greeting.” – Ellen Read

Daffodil Quotes on Love and Other Emotions

30. “If you wrap yourself in daffodils, I will wrap myself in pain…” – Adam Duritz

31. “In time of daffodils who know the goal of living is to grow.” – E.E. Cummings

32. “Within my heart, a garden grows—wild with violets and fragrant rose. Bright daffodils line the narrow path, my footsteps silent as I pass. Sweet tulips nod their heads in rest; I kneel in prayer to seek God’s best. For round my garden, a fence stands firm to guard my heart so I can learn who should enter, and who should wait on the other side of my locked gate. I clasp the key around my neck and wonder if the time is yet. If I unlocked the gate today, would you come in or run away?” – Robin Jones Gunn

33. “I could hear you, talking to the daffodils and tulips, whispering to the fairies that lived inside their petals. Each separate flower had a different family inside it.” – Lucy Christopher

34. “She had a beautiful laugh which was like rain water pouring over daffodils made from silver.” – Richard Brautigan

35. “Ah, romance to me is spontaneity. It’s not diamond earrings; it’s a bunch of daffodils that’s freshly picked from the field.” – Kate Winslet

36. “So sweet, so sweet the roses in their blowing. So sweet the daffodils, so fair to see, so blithe and gay the humming-bird a-going from flower to flower, a-hunting with the bee.” – Nora Perry

37. “Do you do them in that old-fashioned code, like daffodils mean ‘I’m sorry I was late.’” – Daniel Handler

38. “When I first opened this book and saw all those scholarly footnotes, my heart leapt up as though I saw a host of golden daffodils.” – Steven Moore

39. “The cold goblin spring of the crocuses was past. The frail and chilly fairy spring of the daffodils was past.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Poetic Daffodil Quotes

40. “It is not raining to me, it’s raining daffodils. In every dimpled drop, I see wildflowers on distant hills.” – Robert Loveman

41. “It is daffodil time, so the robins all cry, for the sun’s a big daffodil up in the sky, and when down at midnight the owl calls to-whoo! Why, then the round moon is a daffodil too; now sheer to the bough-tops the sap starts to climb, so, merry my masters, it’s daffodil time.” – Clinton Scollard

42. “Fair daffodils, we weep to see you haste away so soon. As yet the early-rising sun has not attained his noon.” – Robert Herrick

43. “Like daffodils in the early days of spring, my neurons were resprouting receptors as the winter of the illness ebbed.” – Susannah Cahalan

44. “Ten thousand saw me at a glance, tossing their heads in sprightly dance.” – William Wordsworth

45. “They can fly and they howl, they slaughter depression and headaches, they daydream like gangbanging daffodils, orchids and cherry blossoms grasping mauve toffee clouds, they breastfeed laughter.” – Laura Gentile

46. “Hundreds of thousands of daffodils, wild in this part of England, had taken over the old ruins and made a home for themselves. The view was gorgeous. The daffodils rolled in a yellow-dotted wave right up to the stream itself and splashed over onto the opposite bank, disappearing into the little wood there.” – Elizabeth Hoyt

47. “It’s a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds’ cries; I never hear the west wind but tears are in my eyes. For it comes from the west lands, the old brown hills, and April’s in the West wind, and daffodils.” – John Masefield

48. “The ordinary-sized stuff which is our lives, the things people write poetry about—clouds, daffodils, waterfalls, what happens in a cup of coffee when the cream goes in. These things are full of mystery, as mysterious to us as the heavens were to the Greeks.” – Tom Stoppard

49. “I think of the poetry of René Char and all he must have seen and suffered that has brought him to speak only of sedgy rivers, of daffodils and tulips whose roots they water, even to the free-flowing river that leaves the rootlets of those sweet-scented flowers that people the milky way.” – William Carlos Williams

Inspiring Daffodil Quotes

50. “You have to do something. If you do something, you become somebody. Even a daffodil does something, has a profession. It gives off scent, professionally.” – Stella Adler

51. “What is meant by reality? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable—now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying.” – Virginia Woolf

52. “You’ve developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil. You are the mother—advocate and protector of a child with a disability.” – Lori Borgman

53. “I have laughed more than daffodils and cried more than June.” – Sanober Khan

54. “The daffodils weren’t in soldierly rows. They bloomed in drifts and clumps. They must be wild.” – Elizabeth Hoyt

55. “Starry Starry night—paint your palette blue and gray. Look out on a summer’s day, with eyes that know the darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the daffodils. Catch the breeze and the winter chills in colors on the snowy linen land.” – Don McLean

56. “I find the daffodils, crisp at the edges where they’ve dried, limp towards the stems, use my fingers to pinch.” – Margaret Atwood

57. “They could make profitable use of his ample winnings and see the world. Were he not on tour for most of the year, they could finally enjoy a home life—the simple pleasures of coffee and Daily Telegraphs, clean windows and daffodils, cabernet and Newsnight.” – Lionel Shriver

58. “Life’s a dog and then you die? No, no. Life is a joyous dance through daffodils beneath cerulean blue skies and then, then what? I forget what happens next.” – Edward Abbey

59. “A weeping grey sky descends on my umbrella—bright daffodils dance.” – A.K. White

Daffodil Quotes Filled With Wisdom

60. “Dogwoods are great optimists. Daffodils wait and see, crouching firmly underground just in case spring doesn’t come this year, but dogwoods have faith.” – Barbara Holland

61. “To this day, I cannot see a bright daffodil, a proud gladiola, or a smooth eggplant without thinking of Papa. Like his plants and trees, I grew up as a part of his garden.” – Leo Buscaglia

62. “Daffodils are an optimistic flower, and foolproof.” – Tasha Tudor

63. “A daffodil bulb will divide and redivide endlessly. That’s why, like the peony, it is one of the few flowers you can find around abandoned farmhouses, still blooming and increasing in numbers fifty years after the farmer and his wife have moved to heaven.” – Cassandra Danz

64. “We need not be afraid of second-guessing our firm convictions or our holy truths because they often look like dazzling poppies or scented daffodils wilting after a while as if they had never existed.” – Erik Pavernegie

65. “Those born under Pacific Northwest skies are like daffodils—they can achieve beauty only after a long, cold sulk in the rain.” – Leslye Walton

66. “I recall looking out the window at Redbuds, Dogwoods, Daffodils, Irises and Pom-pom bushes, knowing exactly what Heaven must look like—a spring day in Kentucky.” – Ashley Judd

67. “You told me how you hate daffodils because they’re morbid. They stick around for a month, making everything lemon drop yellow, then die and get replaced by worse flowers.” – Calista Lynne

68. “The news did not trouble her particularly; all news was bad, like wage demands, strikes, or war, and the wise person paid no attention to it. What was important was that it was a bright, sunny day; her first narcissi were in bloom, and the daffodils behind them were already showing flower buds.” – Nevil Shute

69. “They sat on the big veranda at Ingleside, enjoying the charm of the cat’s light, the sweetness of sleepy robins whistling among the twilit maples, and the dance of a gusty group of daffodils blowing against the old, mellow, red brick wall of the lawn.” – L.M. Montgomery

70. “A row of daffodils and red tulips nestled against the walkway beneath my feet. Stray weeds peeked up through the cracks in the concrete—a reminder that nature had the final say. No matter how much mankind bulldozed or built, all was vulnerable to Mother Nature’s whims.” – Pamela Crane

Did These Daffodil Quotes Inspire You to Thrive In Life—Wherever You Are?

Like tulips, daffodils are also one of the first few flowers that begin to bloom in spring. They’re a symbol for growth, rebirth, and new beginnings. And with it’s bright yellow petals, it reminds us of the warmth that will come after the winter’s harsh chill.

Aside from these things, daffodils teach us to adapt to our surroundings. No matter where we are in life or who we’re up against, we should learn to observe our surroundings and see how we can adapt and thrive. Through this, we’ll be able to use our talents, our strengths, and in the end, bloom like daffodils in the place we’re planted.

What other lessons did you learn from this bright flower? Are there any other daffodil quotes you’d like us to include in the list? Let us know by listing them down below.

Amy Finn

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