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…)

Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

“What’s the problem Earthman?” said Zaphod, now transferring his attention to the animal’s enormous rump.
“I just don’t want to eat an animal that’s standing here inviting me to,” said Arthur, “it’s heartless.”
“Better than eating an animal that doesn’t want to be eaten,” said Zaphod.
“That’s not the point,” Arthur protested. Then he thought about it for a moment. “Alright,” he said, “maybe it is the point. I don’t care, I’m not going to think about it now. I’ll just … er …”

— Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


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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

Our children no longer learn how to read the great book of nature from their own direct experience, or how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations of the planet. They seldom learn where their water come from or where it goes. We no longer coordinate our human celebration with the great liturgy of the heavens.

— Wendell Berry


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Garden Quotes (gardens, growing plants, gardening…)

The gardener cultivates wildness, but he does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery.

— Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.

— Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty


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Mexico Quotes (all things Mexican…)

In Mexico, I like to walk the narrow streets of the cities and the smaller pueblos, wandering aimlessly, feeling the sunlight, which so distinctively Mexican, listening to the voices, which call in the streets, peering into the dark eyes, which are so secretive and so proud.

— Rodolfo Anaya

[O]ne is never really lost in Mexico. All streets lead to a good cantina. All good stories start in cantinas.

— Rodolfo Anaya


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Nature Quotes (the earth, trees, mountains…)

The poetry of the earth is never dead. 

— John Keats

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. 

— John Lubbock


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 Posted by on December 2, 2012