“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
— Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

Rose along the path at Montalto

Btw- if the other quote was to  over-sentimental how about this one:

“Would women find vampires even sexier and more romantic if instead of fangs they had rose thorns? It’s thoughts like these I think of when digging in my garden, looking for my one true love (If only I could remember where I buried her!).
— Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you'd still waste time by reading it.