When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.
A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in loving the dandelions.
Give the children an opportunity to make garden. Let them grow what they will. It matters less that they grow good plants than that they try for themselves.
There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness.
The happiest life has the greatest number of points of contact with the world, and it has the deepest feeling and sympathy with everything that is.
Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
One does not begin to make a garden until he wants a garden. To want a garden is to be interested in plants, in the winds and rains, in birds and insects, in the warm-smelling earth.
My life has been a continuous fulfillment of dreams. It appears that everything I saw and did has a new, and perhaps, more significant meaning, every time I see it. The earth is good. It is a privilege to live thereon.
A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset.
Every decade needs its own manual of handicraft.
One's happiness depends less on what he knows than on what he feels.
I do not yet know why plants come out of the land or float in streams, or creep on rocks or roll from the sea. I am entranced by the mystery of them and absorbed by their variety and kinds. Everywhere, they are visible yet everywhere occult.
A garden is half made when it is well planned.
We accept it because we have seen the vision. We know that we cannot reap the harvest, but we hope that we may so well prepare the land and so diligently sow the seed that our successors may gather the ripened grain.
There is great satisfaction in a well-made clean tool that does its work well.
Is there any progress in horticulture? If not, it is dead, uninspiring. We cannot live in the past good as it is; we must draw our inspiration from the future.
The department of home economics was organized to train a woman in efficiency and to develop her outlook to life. Such a department is a necessity as a means of developing a society. It stands for the evolution of women's work and place.
Anyone who acquires more than the usual amount of knowledge concerning a subject is bound to leave it as his contribution to the knowledge of the world.
Extension work is not exhortation. Nor is it exploitation of the people, or advertising of an institution, or publicity work for securing students. It is a plain, earnest, and continuous effort to meet the needs of the people on their own farms and in the localities.
No beast has ever overcome the earth; and the natural world has never been conquered by muscular force.
Tools of many kinds and well chosen, are one of the joys of a garden.
Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.
There are two essential epochs in any enterprise - to begin, and to get done.
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