“Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
It’s comforting to know that even the brilliant Sherlock Holmes was taken aback by the beauty of flowers. As always, his logic is flawless, even when applied to something that defies logic. Here, he admits that the rose is a gift of divine grace, an embellishment of life that speaks of hope for greater things.
Whenever you are beset with gloom, remember the words of Holmes. We have much to hope from the flowers.
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