75 Sunflower Quotes To Brighten Up Anyone's Day

The tall, looming blooms of the golden yellow sunflower certainly make for an impressive sight, especially when facing a field full of them. It's no wonder that so many people have been inspired by, and written inspiring words about, the lovely sunflower—and we've rounded up 75 of the most beautiful sunflower quotes to share!

The largest varieties can grow up to 16 feet tall, if provided the proper conditions. At the shortest, sunflowers are still known to grow around three feet tall, which is still rather impressive! A lesson we can all learn from this is that we, too, can grow to new heights as long as we set ourselves up for success.

If you're looking to add a dose of the aforementioned inspiration to your life, or into others' lives, then you've come to the right place! We have the list of the 75 best quotes about sunflowers for you to read and spread around like seeds of joy!

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75 Best Sunflower Quotes

1. “The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light, but we have to be taught, it seems.”—Richard Rohr

2. “Wherever the sun goes / The sunflower will follow / Through all of the pain / And all of the sorrow.”—Londrelle

3. “You look beautiful as a sunflower and charming as a rose.”—Avijeet Das

4. “And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.”—William Cullen Bryant

5. “His eyes were the color of gold, of sunflowers and butterscotch and lemons hanging heavy on their boughs.”—Jest Marissa Meyer

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6. “The gaudy leonine sunflower hangs black and barren on its stalk and down the windy garden walk the dead leaves scatter – hour by hour.”—Oscar Wilde

7. “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.”—Eugenio Montale

8. “A long time ago in a kingdom by the sea there lived a princess as tall and bright as a sunflower.”—Jeanne Desy

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9. “A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns.”—Corina Abulahm-Negura

10. “She is a sunflower! She brings hope to people.”—Avijeet Das

11. “The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days.”—Robert Leighton

12. “True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.”—Marie Williams Johnstone

13. “She stood out like a sunflower in a field of wheat.”—Jennifer L. Armentrout

14. “Like sunflowers, galaxies, and fingerprints, your life is an intricately designed spiral.”—Kristen Lee

15. “Pick up a sunflower and count the florets running into its centre… and you will find an extraordinary truth: recurring numbers, ratios and proportions.”—Charles Jencks

16. “Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”—John Harrigan

17. “I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness. Because just like a rose is beautiful, so is a sunflower, so is a peony. I mean, all flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.”—Miranda Kerr

18. “The road to freedom is bordered with sunflowers.”—Martin Firrell

19. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”—Helen Keller

20. “Many flowers open to the sun, but only one follows him constantly. Heart, be thou the sunflower, not only open to receive God’s blessing, but constant in looking to Him.”—Jean Paul

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21. “Let the sunflowers of thy soul bloom in the sunshine.”—Lailah Gifty Akita

22. “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.”—Vincent van Gogh

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23. “Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her?”—Simone Elkeles

24. “Ah Sunflower, weary of time / Who countest the steps of the sun; / Seeking after that sweet golden clime / Where the traveller’s journey is done.”—William Blake

25. “The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy.”—Thomas Bulfinch

26. “Her smile put the sunflower to shame.”—Jerry Spinelli

27. “Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there.”—J.R. Rim

28. “Who knows what may lie around the next corner? There may be a window somewhere ahead. It may look out on a field of sunflowers.”—Joe Hill

29. "Of all the ways the sunflower has of loving light, regret is the most beautiful shadow on the sun dial.”—André Breton and Paul Eluard

30. “Despite knowing they won’t be here for long, they still choose to live their brightest lives – sunflowers.”—Rupi Kaur

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31. “The earth paints a portrait of the sun at dawn with sunflowers in bloom. Unhappy with the portrait, she erases it and paints it again and again.”—Rabindranath Tagore

32. “Someone was sitting in front of a sunflower, watching the sunflower, a cup of sun, and so I tried it too. It was wonderful; I felt the whole universe in the sunflower. That was my experience. Sunflower meditation. A wonderful confidence appeared. You can see the whole universe in a flower.”—Shunryu Suzuki

33. “I think it’s something to do with the nurturing side of the psyche; tying up a sunflower or whatever and helping it grow, it is just some kind of core human experience.”—Joe Lycett

34. “And here the sunflower of the spring burns bright in the morning’s beam.”—Ebenezer Elliott

35. “Yellow is my favorite summer color – it makes me feel like a sunflower.”—Bria Vinaite

36. “Fame is the scentless sunflower with gaudy crown of gold, but friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes

37. “Always look at the brighter side of life, just like the sunflower, which looks upon the sun, not the dark clouds.”—Unknown

38. “To just have one sunflower would make me happy.”—Unknown

39. “If roses tried to be sunflowers, they would lose their beauty; and if sunflowers tried to be roses, they would lose their strength.”—Matshona Dhliwayo

40. “A perfect beauty of a sunflower! A perfect excellent lovely sunflower existence! A sweet natural eye to the new hip moon, woke up alive and excited grasping in the sunset shadow sunrise golden monthly breeze!”—Allen Ginsberg

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41. “A sunflower teaches us so much about love.”—Samrah Ahmad

42. “Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns?”—Allen Ginsberg

43. “Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower.”—Vera Nazarian

44. “Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there’s hardly any room in her for organs.”—Jany Nelson

45. “When a flower and a child come together, it makes two flowers or two children because every child is a flower, and every flower is a child.”—Mehmet Murat Ildan

46. “Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.”—Edna Ferber

47. “When I went out to work today and looked a tall sunflower in the face, it smiled at me with all of its seeds.”—Vladimir Nabokov

48. “Like a single sunbeam on a warm summer day, there is an exuberance and brilliance in a sunflower.”—Unknown

49. “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.”—Henry Ward Beecher

50. “Then one by one they raised their faces to the sky. Like a field of sunflowers.”—Fiona Valpy

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51. “Sunflowers in spring, they’re just like you / Sunflowers wipe away your tears / All your doubts and fears / You were born to fly, so high.”—Alice Peacock

52. “What god does a sunflower believe in? That’s the god I believe in.”—Marty Rubin

53. “Let us dance in the sun, wearing wildflowers in our hair.”—Susan Polis Schutz

54. “We’re all beautiful golden sunflowers inside, we’re all blessed by our own seed & golden hairy naked accomplishment.”—Allen Ginsberg

55. “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.”—Chuck Jones

56. “Sweetest of the sunflowers, yeah, you're the sun to me."—Zach Bryan, Sun To Me

57. “She is a sunflower – strong and bold, and true to herself.”—Unknown

58. “Advice from a sunflower. Be bright sunny and positive. Know your roots. Spread seeds of happiness. Rise, shine and hold your head up high. Keep on growing. Even on the darkest days, stand tall and find the sunlight.”—Unknown

59. "In a crowd of roses, choose to be a sunflower. Thornless. Unwithering. Abundant in seeds."—JaTawny M. Chatmon

60. “I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life than 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.”—Helen Mirren

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61. “The sunflowers turn their face toward the Sun, the fools, toward the darkness!”—Mehmet Murat Ildan

62. “Look at its shape, with vibrant yellows and oranges, a sunflower can brighten your day…it’s as if it is smiling like a happy face painted on the sun… so if you do only one thing all day, let it be to smile, so you can brighten the day of others around you, just like the sunflower.”—Bodhi Smith

63. “My will broke at the sound of his voice, and my head turned with as much inevitability as a sunflower turning its face to the sun.”—Patricia Briggs

64. “The head of all flower heads is one flower, the sunflower in the sky, that gives the other vivid color stemming from the inside.”—Curtis Tyrone Jones

65. “My work is the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.”—Mary Oliver

66. “‘Bibliotropic,’ Hugh said. ‘Like sunflowers are heliotropic, they naturally turn towards the sun. We naturally turn towards the bookshop.'”—Jo Walton

67. “Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.” —Jean Paul Richter

68. “Always hold your head high like a sunflower that stretches toward the light.”—Malene Rossau

69. “If I were a flower…I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.”—Pam Stewart

70. “A sunflower for my sunflower. To brighten the dark October days you hate so much. Plant some more, and be safe in the knowledge a warm and bright summer awaits.”—Cecelia Ahern

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71. “I chose a sunflower because when darkness descends they close up to regenerate.”—Halle Berry

72. “Standing among the sunflowers, I craved divinity.”—Michael Paterniti

73. “A sunflower poem: The lofty follower of the sun, Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves, Drooping all night; and when he warm returns. Points her enamor’d bosom to his ray.”—James Thomson

74. "Light-enchanted sunflower, thou/ Who gazest ever true and tender/ On the sun’s revolving splendour."—Pedro Calderón de la Barca

75. "Smile to the world and smile to the people you love, as a sunflower smile at the sun."—Remez Sasson.

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