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…)

Not responding is a response–we are equally responsible for what we don’t do. In the case of animal slaughter, to throw your hands in the air is to wrap your fingers around a knife handle.

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

The symbolism of meat-eating is never neutral. To himself, the meat-eater seems to be eating life. To the vegetarian, he seems to be eating death. There is a kind of gestalt-shift between the two positions which makes it hard to change, and hard to raise questions on the matter at all without becoming embattled.

— Mary Midgley, Animals and Why They Matter


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Book Quotes (books and reading…)

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

— Libba Bray

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…)

A garden was the primitive prison, till man with Promethean felicity and boldness, luckily sinned himself out of it.

— Charles Lamb, 1830

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation.  It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. 

— Karel Čapek, The Gardener’s Year, translated by M. and R. Weatherall, 1931


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Mexico Quotes (all things Mexican…)

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

— Rodolfo Anaya

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…)

After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood. 

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A wise man can do no better than to turn from the churches and look up through the airy majesty of the wayside trees with exultation, with resignation, at the unconquerable unimplicated sun. 

— Llewelyn Powys


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 Posted by on December 2, 2012