No rose on thorned stem
Pricks my heart as does the cactus
Flowered in spring or gaunt in December.
~Muriel M. Alcott, “I Would Return,” Arizona Highways, August 1970
Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus. ~Susan Longacre
The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it. ~Will Foley
Get plenty of sunshine
Accentuate your strong points
Be patient through dry spells
Conserve your resources
Don’t desert your friends
Wait for your time to bloom
~Ilan Shamir, “Advice from a Cactus”
Adolescence is like cactus… ~Anaïs Nin, Solar Barque, 1958
People trample over flowers, yet only to embrace a cactus. ~Author unknown
The difference between a cactus and a caucus is in a cactus all the pricks are on the outside. ~Lyndon B. Johnson [This has been attributed to many, most notably LBJ. I’ve not yet verified that he was the first quoted.