Garden quotes

  • I am officially Jewish, but I’m Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant.
    -- A. J. Jacobs

    #Italian #Garden #Way

  • In a rich moonlit garden, flowers open beneath the eyes of entire nations terrified to acknowledge the simplicity of the beauty of peace.
    -- Aberjhani

    #Flower #Eye #Garden

  • A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight.
    -- Aberjhani

    #Garden #Light #Verbs

  • The ultimate Consciousness is always present everywhere. It is beyond space and time, with not before or after. It is undeniable and obvious. So what can be said about it?
    -- Abhinavagupta

    #Garden #Space #Consciousness

  • I never had any other desire so strong, and so like covetousness, as that ... I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life to the culture of them and the study of nature.
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Strong #Home #Garden

  • May I a small house and large garden have; And a few friends, And many books, both true.
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Book #Garden #House

  • God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Garden #Cities #Firsts

  • "We may talk what we please," he cries in his enthusiasm for the oldest of the arts, "of lilies, and lions rampant, and spread eagles, in fields d'or or d'argent; but, if heraldry were guided by reason, a plough in a field arable would be the most noble and ancient arms."
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Art #Garden #Eagles

  • All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Flower #Garden #Mind

  • The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Art #Garden #Land

  • I see little hope for a nation that values the health of its livestock more than that of its people....Farmers are not criticized for routinely giving their (live)stock nutritional supplements....superior to any sold for humans...Millions of families could plant home gardens if they truly wanted health. Refined food are practically unknown in Russia. The life expectancy of the 40-year-old American is near the lowest in the world.
    -- Adelle Davis

    #Home #Dark #Garden

  • It is not the gardener that makes the garden. It is the garden that makes the gardener.
    -- Alan Chadwick

    #Garden #Gardener

  • There is one rule in the garden that is above all others. You must give to nature more than you take. Obey it, and the earth will provide you in glorious abundance.
    -- Alan Chadwick

    #Garden #Giving #Earth

  • Be kind to your garden and be gentle on your back!
    -- Alan Titchmarsh

    #Garden #Be Kind #Kind

  • Go to the meadows, go to the garden, go to the woods. Open your eyes!
    -- Albert Hofmann

    #Eye #Garden #Drug

  • Fertility of the soil is the future of civilization.
    -- Albert Howard

    #Garden #Civilization #Fertility

  • Land is not merely soil, it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Animal #Garden #Land

  • Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Garden #Needs #Poet

  • A garden, you know, is a very usual refuge of a disappointed politician. Accordingly, I have purchased a few acres about nine miles from town, have built a house, and am cultivating a garden.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Garden #House #Usual

  • Consult the genius of the place, that paints as you plant, and as you work.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Garden #Genius #Plant

  • How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.
    -- Alexander Smith

    #Heart #Garden #Desire

  • My garden, with its silence and pulses of fragrance that come and go on the airy undulations, affects me like sweet music. Care stops at the gates, and gazes at me wistfully through the bars.
    -- Alexander Smith

    #Sweet #Garden #Silence

  • In my garden I spend my days; in my library I spend my nights.
    -- Alexander Smith

    #Book #Night #Garden

  • I got involved in Gateway National Park and just became fascinated with gardens.
    -- Alexandra Kerry

    #Garden #National Parks #Parks

  • The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Heart #Garden #Hands

  • The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. Share the botanical bliss of gardeners through the ages, who have cultivated philosophies to apply to their own - and our own - lives: Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Philosophy #Heart #Garden

  • Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Mistake #Garden #Society

  • There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Educational #Humility #Garden

  • Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Journey #Garden #Hiking

  • No one can rightly call his garden his own unless he himself made it.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Garden #Gardening #Self Made

  • A garden that one makes oneself becomes associated with one’s personal history and that of one’s friends, interwoven with one’s tastes, preferences and character and constitutes a sort of unwritten autobiography.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Character #Garden #Taste

  • We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Garden #Earth #Return

  • Do you know that charming part of our country which has been called the garden of France - that spot where, amid verdant plains watered by wide streams, one inhales the purest air of heaven?
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Country #Garden #Air

  • White rose in red rose-garden Is not so white; Snowdrops, that plead for pardon And pine for fright Because the hard East blows Over their maiden vows, Grow not as this face grows from pale to bright.
    -- Algernon Charles Swinburne

    #Blow #Garden #White

  • In friendship's fragrant garden, There are flowers of every hue. Each with its own fair beauty And its gift of joy for you. Friendship's Garden If love were what the rose is, And I were like the leaf, Our lives would grow together In sad or singing weather.
    -- Algernon Charles Swinburne

    #Flower #Garden #Weather

  • Even for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief, death cannot long divide; for is it not as if the rose that climbed my garden wall had bloomed the other side?
    -- Alice Cary

    #Wall #Grief #Garden

  • Others said May was best, that sweet green time when lilacs bloomed and gardens along Main Street were filled with sugary pink peonies and Dutch tulips.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Sweet #Garden #May

  • There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Falling In Love #Garden #Rose

  • The grape Hyacinth is the favorite spring flower of my garden - but no! I though a minute ago the Scilla was! and what place has the Violet? the Flower de Luce? I cannot decide, but this I know - it is some blue flower.
    -- Alice Morse Earle

    #Spring #Flower #Garden

  • Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.
    -- Alice Morse Earle

    #Exercise #Garden #Imagination

  • I like gardening - it's a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.
    -- Alice Sebold

    #Garden #Gardening #Needs

  • Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength - in search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Mother #Garden #Heritage

  • In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Mother #Parenting #Garden

  • Always explore your garden and go to the market before you decide what cook.
    -- Alice Waters

    #Garden #Cooks

  • Change the food in the schools and we can influence how children think. Change the curriculum and teach them how to garden and how to cook and we can show that growing food and cooking and eating together give lasting richness, meaning, and beauty to our lives.
    -- Alice Waters

    #Children #School #Garden

  • The Masters is more like a vast Edwardian garden party than a golf tournament.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Party #Golf #Garden

  • Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.
    -- Allan Armitage

    #Dream #Garden #Doe

  • Of course, the character of my garden is also determined by things beyond any human decision, mine or anyone else's.
    -- Allen Lacy

    #Character #Garden #Decision

  • I suppose that for most people one of the darker joys of gardening is that once you've got started it's not at all hard to find someone who knows a little bit less than you.
    -- Allen Lacy

    #Garden #People #Joy

  • Democracy is fine in politics. It should stay there, and we need more of it. But its political virture is no reason to practice it in the garden.
    -- Allen Lacy

    #Garden #Practice #Political

  • My music is homegrown from the garden of New Orleans. Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up - not to be escapist but to take you out of misery.
    -- Allen Toussaint

    #Garden #New Orleans #Breathing

  • If the weeds are pulled out of the garden too soon, the too shallow roots of the plants developing around it get pulled up with the weed also. Time is what is needed before criticism can be useful.
    -- Allison Mackie

    #Weed #Garden #Roots

  • And, of course, millions of us cross the border to work in US homes and gardens and factories and carpentry shops and restaurants, and if you go to a restaurant pretty much anywhere in the United States, the chances are that the dishes will be washed by a Mexican.
    -- Alma Guillermoprieto

    #Home #Garden #Mexican

  • When we see a beautiful object, a beautiful garden, or a beautiful flower, let us think that there we behold a ray of the infinite beauty of God, who has given existence to that object.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Beautiful #Flower #Garden

  • It would be the greatest delight of the seraphs to pile up sand on the seashore or to pull weeds in a garden for all eternity, if they found out such was God's will. Our Lord himself teaches us to ask to do the will of God on earth as the saints do it in heaven: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Weed #Garden #Heaven

  • Time is an amazing enigma in which seeds that were planted can turn into a vibrant garden if properly pruned.
    -- Alyssa Milano

    #Garden #Enigma #Turns

  • I read, go for walks and I love to garden. My hands are such a mess. People think I should have movie star hands, but they're just gardening ones. Always slightly grubby and with a bit of dirt under the fingernails.
    -- Amanda Donohoe

    #Stars #Garden #Thinking

  • If you're a gardener, or creating a garden you're clearly looking to the future. You have a sense of your own future and a sense of yourself in that space. People coming here feel that hope, that renewal, and that sense of regeneration. They get their hands dirty and connect back to the ground, which is what we feel strongly about - giving everybody the opportunity to get connected to the earth.
    -- Amanda Marshall

    #Dirty #Opportunity #Garden

  • There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    #Country #Garden #Cities

  • Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps.
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    #Garden #Eden #Stills

  • Eden, paradise - all the best gardens are imaginary.
    -- Amy Waldman

    #Garden #Eden #Paradise

  • I find one vast garden spread out all over the universe. All plants, all human beings, all higher mind bodies are about in this garden in various ways, each has his own uniqueness and beauty. Their presence and variety give me great delight. Every one of you adds with his special feature to the glory of the garden.
    -- Anandamayi Ma

    #Garden #Giving #Mind

  • When I'm not on tour, I love to have a long breakfast at home in my garden.
    -- Andre Rieu

    #Home #Garden #Long

  • ... there was a part of me that wanted to be liked, and despite all my years of reporting, I never quite adjusted to the role of skunk at the garden party.
    -- Andrea Mitchell

    #Party #Garden #Years

  • He who owns a wood of proper land in this country, and, in the face of all the personal riches of the day, only raises crabs and choke pears, deserves to lose the respect of all sensible men.
    -- Andrew Jackson Downing

    #Country #Men #Garden

  • Meanwhile the mind, from pleasure less, Withdraws into its happiness; The mind, that ocean where each kind Does straight its own resemblance find; Yet it creates, transcending these, Far other worlds, and other seas; Annihilating all that's made To a green thought in a green glade ... Such was that happy garden-state, ...
    -- Andrew Marvell

    #Ocean #Garden #Sea

  • I have a garden of my own, But so with roses overgrown, And lilies, that you would it guess To be a little wilderness.
    -- Andrew Marvell

    #Garden #Rose #Lilies

  • It is impossible for any culture to be sound and healthy without a proper respect and proper regard for the soil.
    -- Andrew Nelson Lytle

    #Garden #Healthy #Sound

  • Rick Perry is qualified to be President in the same way that Olive Garden is qualified to be Italy.
    -- Andy Borowitz

    #Garden #President #Way

  • I think New Orleans is such a beautiful city. It looks like a fairytale when you walk through the French Quarter or the Garden District. There is such a lush sense of color, style, architecture - and the people themselves.
    -- Anika

    #Beautiful #Garden #Thinking

  • ...the moon that hung over the garden like some great priceless pearl, flawed and blemished with grey shadowy ridges as only a very great beauty can risk being.
    -- Anita Desai

    #Moon #Garden #Risk

  • In Egypt, I loved the perfume of the lotus. A flower would bloom in the pool at dawn, filling the entire garden with a blue musk so powerful it seemed that even the fish and ducks would swoon. By night, the flower might wither but the perfume lasted. Fainter and fainter, but never quite gone. Even many days later, the lotus remained in the garden. Months would pass and a bee would alight near the spot where the lotus had blossomed, and its essence was released again, momentary but undeniable.
    -- Anita Diament

    #Powerful #Flower #Garden

  • I would have stayed forever within the garden of Re-mose's childhood, but time is a mother's enemy.
    -- Anita Diament

    #Mother #Garden #Childhood

  • However small your garden, you must provide for two of the serious gardener's necessities, a tool shed and a compost heap. A wire bin takes up negligible space and can be concealed by shrubs, or you can make a small pit into which you sweep leaves and clippings, but try not to fall into it.
    -- Ann Scott

    #Fall #Garden #Two

  • Our [people's] very saving is associated with our gratitude. Which follows: if our fall in the garden was ingratitude, then salvation must be intimately related to giving of thanks.
    -- Ann Voskamp

    #Gratitude #Fall #Garden

  • I go forth to seek To seek and claim the lovely magic garden Where grasses softly sigh and Muses speak.
    -- Anna Akhmatova

    #Garden #Lovely #Magic

  • Let whoever wants to, relax in the south, And bask in the garden of paradise. Here is the essence of north—and it's autumn I've chosen as this year's friend.
    -- Anna Akhmatova

    #Autumn #Garden #Years

  • Fair, rich confusion is all the aim of an old-fashioned flower garden, and the greater the confusion, the richer. You want to come upon mignonnette in unexpected places, and to find sprays of heliotrope in close consultation with your roses, and geraniums sporting their uniforms like gay recruits off duty.
    -- Anna Bartlett Warner

    #Flower #Gay #Garden

  • Fashion is everywhere. Everywhere! Flowers are fashion to me, the sky is fashion, my garden is fashion. My darling, the Sistine Chapel is fashion.
    -- Anna Dello Russo

    #Fashion #Flower #Garden

  • She had died peacefully, in her sleep, after an evening of listening to all of her favorite Fred Astaire songs, one crackling record after another. Once the last chord of the last piece had died out, she had stood up and opened the French doors to the garden outside, perhaps waiting to breathe in the honeysuckle one more time.
    -- Anne Fortier

    #Song #Sleep #Garden

  • The world has different owners at sunrise... Even your own garden does not belong to you. Rabbits and blackbirds have the lawns; a tortoise-shell cat who never appears in daytime patrols the brick walls, and a golden-tailed pheasant glints his way through the iris spears.
    -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    #Wall #Cat #Garden

  • Garden of Pain, I need you. What were the songs of beasts to the cries of sentient souls?
    -- Anne Rice

    #Song #Pain #Garden

  • In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art--the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard's canvases--beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Art #Men #Garden

  • No one is safe from nature's savagery,not even the innocent. Only beauty is consistent. Gabrielle envisions a time when the Savage Garden will overtake civilizations and destroy it.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Garden #Civilization #Savages

  • I alternate between thinking of the planet as home - dear and familiar stone hearth and garden - and as a hard land of exile in which we are all sojourners.
    -- Annie Dillard

    #Home #Garden #Thinking

  • Like a garden that is carefully tended, the rewards are well worth the effort.
    -- Anodea Judith

    #Garden #Effort #Rewards

  • The sense of impending disaster hung over the garden like a chandelier.
    -- Antal Szerb

    #Garden #Disaster #Chandeliers

  • Asylums are nothing more than gardens of human cabbages, of miserable, grotesque, repugnant human beings watered with the fertilizer of injections.
    -- Antonio Lobo Antunes

    #Garden #Asylums #Cabbage

  • The wind, one brilliant day, called to my soul with an odor of jasmine. "In return for the odor of my jasmine, I'd like all the odor of your roses." "I have no roses; all the flowers in my garden are dead." "Well then, I'll take the withered petals and the yellow leaves and the waters of the fountain." the wind left. And I wept. And I said to myself: "What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?
    -- Antonio Machado

    #Flower #Garden #Wind

  • What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?
    -- Antonio Machado

    #Garden #Done

  • I have a garden in my backyard that's completely organic, which I'm very proud of.
    -- Ariana Grande

    #Garden #Backyards #Proud

  • Flowers are words which even a baby can understand.
    -- Arthur Cleveland Coxe

    #Baby #Flower #Garden

  • No one lives on the top of the mountain. It's fine to go there occasionally -for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys. That's where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work is done. That's where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks.
    -- Arthur Gordon Webster

    #Inspiration #Sadness #Garden

  • Zen is to religion what a Japanese "rock garden" is to a garden. Zen knows no god, no afterlife, no good and no evil, as the rock-garden knows no flowers, herbs or shrubs. It has no doctrine or holy writ: its teaching is transmitted mainly in the form of parables as ambiguous as the pebbles in the rock-garden which symbolise now a mountain, now a fleeting tiger. When a disciple asks "What is Zen?", the master's traditional answer is "Three pounds of flax" or "A decaying noodle" or "A toilet stick" or a whack on the pupil's head.
    -- Arthur Koestler

    #Flower #Teaching #Garden

  • The camera has its own kind of consciousness; in the lens the Garden of Eden itself would become ever so slightly too perfect.
    -- Arthur Miller

    #Photography #Garden #Eden

  • Mozart is a garden, Schubert is a forest in light and shade, but Beethoven is a mountain range,
    -- Artur Schnabel

    #Garden #Light #Mountain

  • My wardrobe is like a garden oh, I don't know how I've got the gall! My wardrobe is just like a wardrobe it's not like a garden at all!
    -- Attila the Stockbroker

    #Garden #Wardrobe

  • In the present age, alas! our pens are ravished by unlettered authors and unmannered critics, that make a havoc rather than a building, a wilderness rather than a garden. But, a lack! what boots it to drop tears upon the preterit?
    -- Aubrey Beardsley

    #Book #Garden #Tears

  • There is as much difference between good poetry and fine verses, as between the smell of a flower-garden and of a perfumer's shop.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Flower #Garden #Smell

  • We are here because there are things that need our help. Like the planet. Like each other. Like animals. The world is like a garden, and we are its protectors.
    -- B. B. King

    #Animal #Garden #Needs