plant part used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume
Herbs are plants that are valued for flavor, scent, medicinal or other qualities. Herbs are used in cooking, as medicines, and for spiritual purposes.
- Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Remember me to one who lives there,
He (she) once was a true love of mine.
- Scarborough Fair, a traditional English ballad of unknown origin, recorded by various artists in the 20th century.
- Thine eyes are springs in whose serene
And silent waters heaven is seen.
Their lashes are the herbs that look
On their young figures in the brook.
- William Cullen Bryant, Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids (1826), stanza 4.
- Dreary rosmarye
That always mourns the dead.
- Thomas Hood, Flowers, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 682.
- I pray your Highness mark this curious herb:
Touch it but lightly, stroke it softly, Sir,
And it gives forth an odor sweet and rare;
But crush it harshly and you'll make a scent
- Charles Godfrey Leland, Sweet Basil, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 774.
- The basil tuft, that waves
Its fragrant blossom over graves.
- Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), "Light of the Harem", reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 57.
- The humble rosemary
Whose sweets so thanklessly are shed
To scent the desert and the dead.
- Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), "Light of the Harem", reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 682.
- There is an herb named in Latine Convolvulus (i. e. with wind), growing among shrubs and bushes, which carrieth a flower not unlike to this Lilly, save that it yeeldeth no smell nor hath those chives within; for whitenesse they resemble one another very much, as if Nature in making this floure were a learning and trying her skill how to frame the Lilly indeed.
- Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book XXI, Chapter X; Holland's translation, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 137.
- In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true
From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew?
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle I, 219.
- There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet (c. 1600), Act IV, scene 5, line 175.
- I know a bank where the wild thyme blows.
- William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (c. 1595), Act II, scene 1, line 249.
- Mrs. Lovett: What's my secret, frankly dear forgive my candor, family secret all to do with herbs, things like being careful with your coriander, that's what makes the gravy grander.
- The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but, when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
- Joseph Smith, Jr., reported in Alma P. Burton, Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 259.
- The sweet mouth gathers sweet herbs.
- Šuruppak, Instructions of Shuruppak (3rd millennium BCE). 
- Oregano is the spice of life.
- Henry Tillman[who?], as attributed without citation in Spice of life (May 23, 2005) by Rajiv.M, The Hindu.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” ― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version