I have never seen thorns like these before. They grow right out of the trees. They had a rather strange beauty all their own.
"And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers
is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns."
Life is thickly sown with thorns,
and I know no other remedy
than to pass quickly through them.
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes,
the greater is their power to harm us.
The flower which is single
need not envy the thorns
that are numerous.