To one who knows no better, a small garden is a forest.
Criticism: that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
—Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) Polish-born British Novelist
The seed waits for its garden or ground where it will be sown.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed—That can make life a garden.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
A garden must be looked into, and dressed as the body.
—George Herbert (1593–1633) Welsh Anglican Poet, Orator, Clergyman
The gardener who loves roses is slave to a thousand thorns.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
The flowers in your garden don’t smell as sweet as those in the wild, but they last much longer.
Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.
Love is a garden full of flowers and marriage is a field of stinging nettles.
I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. Such a variety of subjects, someone always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest, a continued one thro’ the year. Under a total want of demand except for our family table. I am still devoted to the garden. But tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener.
—Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) American Head of State, Lawyer
A lawsuit is a fruit-tree planted in a lawyer’s garden.
More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.
If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; if you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.
A good garden may have some weeds.
—Thomas Fuller (1608–61) English Cleric, Historian
Teach your son in the front garden and your wife on the pillow.
The three most beautiful sights: a potato garden in bloom, a ship under sail, and a woman after the birth of a child.
God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasure.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626) English Philosopher
In the garden of time grows the flower of consolation.
The bad gardener quarrels with his rake.
Garden flowers larger, field flowers stronger.
A garden without a fence is like a dog without a tail.
A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.
—Leo Buscaglia (1924–98) American Motivational Speaker
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) American Clergyman, Writer
The herb patience does not grow in every man’s garden.
If you throw nettles into your neighbors garden you will find them growing in your own.
Patience is a plant that does not grow in everyone’s garden.
All gardeners know better than other gardeners.
If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004) American Psychiatrist