do not grieve that rose-trees have thorns, rather rejoice that thorny bushes bear roses

do not grieve that rose-trees have thorns, rather rejoice that thorny bushes bear roses
Arab proverb.

1965 S. RADHAKRISHNAN ‘Failure of the UN and nuclear weapons’ (on http://www.indianembassy.org) We have to protect humanity against war. Peace is not the absence of war... It is the disarmament of minds that is called for. The future is not all bleak. An old Arab proverb says, ‘Do not grieve that rose trees have thorns, rather rejoice that thorny bushes bear roses’.

2005 C. VIDYA SAGAR ‘Independence of judiciary under cloud’ in Daily Excelsior 15 Mar. (on http://www.southasianmedia.net) ‘Do not grieve that rose trees have thorns, rather rejoice that thorny bushes have roses.’ Mr Hans Raj Bhardwaj, right from the day he took over as Union Law Minister, has been, day in and day out, grieving that there is malfunctioning of judicial system in our country.


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  • rose-tree — see do not grieve that rose trees have thorns, rather rejoice that thorny bushes bear roses …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • thorn — see beware of an oak, it draws the stroke; avoid an ash, it counts the flash; creep under the thorn, it can save you from harm he who plants thorns should not expect to gather roses no rose without a thorn do not grieve that rose trees have… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • bush — see a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush good wine needs no bush do not grieve that rose trees have thorns, rather rejoice that thorny bushes bear roses …   Proverbs new dictionary

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