Great Quotes

Farming is simply gambling with dirt.    Mark Twain

The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.   Paul Cezanne

Our bodies are our garden, to the which our wills are gardeners.   Shakespeare

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.   Luther Burbank

All civilization is a form of excess grain.   Eliot Cowan

Optimum nourishment… is whole, holy, vital, wild, unique, local, common, simple, messy, fresh, abundant, accessible, seasonal, varied, and full of love.   Susun Weed

May I always be an object of enjoyment, for all sentient beings according to their wish, and without interference as are the earth, water, fire,wind, herbs, and wild forests.    Nagarjuna, Precious Garland

If we do have a food crisis it will not be caused by the insufficiency of nature’s productive power, but by the extravagance of human desire.   Masanobu Fukuoka

Gray is every theory, green is the golden tree of life.  Goethe

…as post-Darwinians it was up to us to anthropomorphize the world less and animalize, vegetablize, and mineralize ourselves more.  Galway Kinnell

No two things, either in the world or in our minds, are exactly the same. A duck is like a goose, but a duck is not a goose.  Holmes Welch 

thanks to Lynne Iron’s gardening column in the Gazette for these three:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison

Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.   Daniel Webster

There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second is by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein a man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a continual miracle wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.   Ben Franklin

PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN FAVORITE FARM AND NATURE RELATED QUOTES

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Rebecca June 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

Jack, I do remember you and your sense of humor very fondly! I hope you are well. I am working on the old lady bit, with Lyme arthritis and all, but I am having so much fun anyway! Who knew us fuddy duddies had such interesting thoughts?

Jack Slagle March 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

One of my favorite quotes is one that I heard from a dear friend at The Evergreen State College (in the 1970′s). It actually starts with a question: And what would you like to be when you grow up Rebecca? She replys after a little thought…  “I would like to be an old woman.”

A genuine and refreshing insight! I am pleased to see from the website that your Vineyard home/farm has turned into a beautiful learning opportunity.
-Jack Slagle

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