One of the happiest days of my life is when I made five or six hundred pesos from a crop of watermelons I raise all on my own.
—Emiliano Zapata (1879–1919) Mexican Revolutionary
Like a gardener I believe what goes down must come up.
—Lynwood L. Giacomini (1913–91) American Publisher, Bibliophile
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 (1873–1945) American Novelist
The master’s eye is the best fertilizer.
—Pliny the Elder (23–79) Roman Statesman, Scholar
It is thus with farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.
—Cato the Elder (Marcus Porcius Cato) (234–149 BCE) Roman Statesman
There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.
—Bill Bryson (1951–95) American Humorist, Author, Educator
To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe,
to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life –
this is the commonest delight of the race,
the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
—Charles Dudley Warner (1829–1900) American Essayist, Novelist