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…)

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.

— Ernest Hemingway

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

Books can be possessive, can’t they? You’re walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what’s inside will change your life, but sometimes you don’t even have to read it. Sometimes it’s a comfort just to have a book around.

— Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen


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Garden Quotes (gardens, growing plants, gardening…)

It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening.  You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not. 

— W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.  Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. 

— Wendell Berry


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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

Time in Mexico is at times cruel and punishing, but it is never indifferent. It permeated everything, it changes reality. Einstein would have loved Mexico because there time and space are one.

— Rodolfo Anaya


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Nature Quotes (the earth, trees, mountains…)

As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.

— Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth

Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed… if we only knew it.  What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. 

— James Russell Lowell


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 Posted by on December 2, 2012