“What Tarquinius Superbus said in the garden by means of the poppies, the son understood but the messenger did not” – Soren Kierkegaard.
This one might need a little explaining: ‘When the son of Tarquinius Superbus had craftily gotten Gabii in his power, he sent a messenger to his father asking what he should do with the city. Tarquinius, not trusting the messenger, gave no reply but took him into the garden, where with his cane he cut off the flowers of the tallest poppies. The son understood from this that he should eliminate the leading men of the city.’ – H. Hong.
Photo and quote submitted by Andy Persky