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A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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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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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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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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Farmers are philosophical. They have learned that it is less wearing to shrug than to beat their breasts.
~ Ruth Stout

 

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Farmers are respectable and interesting to me in proportion as they are poor.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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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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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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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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He felt with the force of a revelation that to throw up the clods of earth manfully is as beneficent as to revolutionize the world. It was not the matter of the work, but the mind that went into it, that counted -- and the man who was not content to do small things well would leave great things undone.
~ Ellen Glasgow

 

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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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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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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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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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Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.
~ Henri Alain

 

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Like a gardener I believe what goes down must come up.
~ Lynwood L. Giacomini

 

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No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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Our farmers round, well pleased with constant gain, like other farmers, flourish and complain.
~ George Crabbe

 

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Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

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The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
~ John F. Kennedy

 

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