He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, 'Happy Christmas to all. And to all a good night.'
Turning our seed-wheat-kennel tares,To burn-grain thistle, and to vaporie darnel,Cockle, wild oats, rough burs, corn-cumbringTares.guillaume de salluste du bartas
About a donkey's taste why need we fret us? To lips like his a thistle is a lettuce.
The wind is not helpless for any man's need, Nor falleth the rain but for thistle and weed.william morris
God grant that we may contend with other churches as the vine with the olive, which of us shall bear the best fruit; but not as the brier with the thistle, which of us shall be most unprofitable.