Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j'ai vécu pres d'elle.
I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose.
Attributed to H. B. Constant by A. Hayward in Introduction to Letters of Mrs. Piozzi. Saadi, the Persian poet, represents a lump of clay with perfume still clinging to it from the petals fallen from the rose-trees. In his Gulistan (Rose Garden).