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The Best Quotes About Farming And Farmers

Updated June 14, 2019 2.0k votes 628 voters 110.0k views

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A list of the best farming and farmers quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous farming and farmers quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic farming and farmers quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational farming and farmers quotes from that same writer.

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

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

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

    E. B. White
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    Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.

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

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

    Edgar Watson Howe
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    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
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    The master's eye is the best fertilizer.

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

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

    Cato the Elder
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    Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world.

    Edwin Markham
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    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
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    With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.

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

    Henry David Thoreau
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    No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer.

    H. L. Mencken