An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.


Henri Alain


There is, of course, a gold mine or a buried treasure on every mortgaged homestead. Whether the farmer ever digs for it or not, it is there, haunting his daydreams when the burden of debt is most unbearable.


Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981, American biographer)


There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.


Bill Bryson (American author)


It is thus with farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.


Cato The Elder (BC 234-149, Roman statesman, orator)


Our farmers round, well pleased with constant gain, like other farmers, flourish and complain.


George Crabbe (1754-1832, British clergyman, poet)


Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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 by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers' wives.


Hamlin Garland


Like a gardener I believe what goes down must come up.


Lynwood L. Giacomini


Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Farmers only worry during the growing season, but towns’ people worry all the time.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Farm policy, although it's complex, can be explained. What it can't be is believed. No cheating spouse, no teen with a wrecked family car, no mayor of Washington, D.C., videotaped in flagrant has ever come up with anything as farfetched as U.S. farm policy.


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-, American journalist)


The master's eye is the best fertilizer.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


The land too poor for any other crop, is best for raising men.


R. Pocock


I see upon their noble brows the seal of the Lord, for they were born kings of the earth far more truly than those who possess it only from having bought it.


George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)


It is sad, no doubt, to exhaust one's strength and one's days in cleaving the bosom of this jealous earth, which compels us to wring from it the treasures of its fertility, when a bit of the blackest and coarsest bread is, at the end of the day's work, the sole recompense and the sole profit attaching to so arduous a toil.


George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)


Farmers are philosophical. They have learned that it is less wearing to shrug than to beat their breasts.


Ruth Stout


By avarice and selfishness, and a groveling habit (from which none of us is free) of chiefly regarding the soil as property, or the means of acquiring property, the landscape is deformed.  Husbandry is degraded with us and the farmer leads the meanest of lives. He knows Nature but (only) as a robber.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Farmers are respectable and interesting to me in proportion as they are poor.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The farmer works the soil. The agriculturalist works the farmer.


Eugene F. Ware (1841-1911, American lawyer, poet)


I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.


George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.


Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985, American author, editor)


Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.


John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892, American poet, reformer, author)


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