Quotation by Shakespeare

Orsino. For women are as roses, whose fair flower
Being once displayed, doth fall that very hour.
Viola. And so they are. Alas, that they are so:
To die even when they to perfection grow.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Orsino and Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4, l. 38-41.

Transience, the swift passage of life, is a recurrent topic in the play; the image of a woman as a rose, fading as soon as it is full blown ("displayed") is common.
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