“Wherever the army has passed, briars and thorns spring up. Years of hunger follow in the wake of a great war.”  Lao Tzu

“Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please,” said Brer Rabbit. “Only please, Brer Fox, please don’t throw me into the briar patch.”  Cherokee/Slaves/Georgia Folklore

“Truths and Roses have thorns about them.” Henry David Thoreau