Wisdom in Words: Quotes


Quotes in the spirit of gardening, the love of nature and animals, books, lifestyles and inpiration, from authors and personalities both ancient and modern.

Animal Quotes (about animals: cats, dogs, pigs, horses…)

I love sushi, I love fried chicken, I love steak. But there is a limit to my love,

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

It is absurd that we eat pigs and love dogs and don’t even know why. Many of us spend long minutes in the aisle of the drugstore mulling over what toothpaste to buy. Yet most of don’t spend any time at all thinking about what species of animal we eat and why. Our choices as consumers drive an industry that kills ten billion animals per year in the United States alone. If we choose to support this industry and the best reason we can come up with is because it’s the way things are, clearly something is amiss.

— Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows


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Book Quotes (books and reading…)

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

I know because I read…Your mind is not a cage. It’s a garden. And it requires cultivating.

— Libba Bray


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Garden Quotes (gardens, growing plants, gardening…)

He who plants a garden plants happiness.

— Chinese proverb

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. 

— Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com


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Mexico Quotes (all things Mexican…)

I went to Mexico because it has a magic that does not have any other country in the world…

— Chavela Vargas

A land of lutes and witching tones, Of silver, onyx, opal stones; A lazy land, wherein all seems Enchanted into endless dreams; And never any need they know, In Mexico

— Evaleen Stein, In Mexico (poem)


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Nature Quotes (the earth, trees, mountains…)

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

— Gerard Hopkins

Once you have heard the lark, known the swish of feet through hill-top grass and smelt the earth made ready for the seed, you are never again going to be fully happy about the cities and towns that man carries like a crippling weight upon his back. 

— Gwyn Thomas


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 Posted by on December 2, 2012