Quotes For Gardeners



Vice, Sin, Impropriety, Sarcasm, Satire, 
Contra-Gardening, Sadness


Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

From the Spirit of Gardening Website





I have a strong antipathy to everything connected with gardens, gardening and
gardeners. ... Gardening seems to me a kind of admission of defeat. ...  Man
was made for better things than pruning his rose trees.  The state of mind of
the confirmed gardener seems to me as reprehensible as that of the confirmed
alcoholic.  Both have capitulated to the world. 
Both have become lotus eaters and drifters.
-  Colin Wilson, A Book of Gardens, 1963




When confronted with two evils, a man will always choose the most attractive.
-  Anonymous





The garden is like a spoiled beauty.   There is no limit to its demands
for admiration.  It is new not only each spring, but each month, almost
each day of the year.  You may be required to find something fresh to
say about it at least twenty-five times in one season, something which
usually turns out to be grossly ignorant and unsatisfactory.
-   Scribner's Magazine (July 1915)





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The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
-  Virginia Woolf




Show me a person without any prejudice of any kind
on any subject and I'll show you someone who may be admirably
virtuous but is surely no gardener.
-   Allen Lacy





We so love all new and unusual things that we even derive a secret pleasure
from the saddest and most tragic events, both because of their novelty and
because of the natural malignity that exists within us.
Maxims of Madame de Sable




We are perverse creatures and never satisfied.
-   Nan Fairbrother





Bear in mind that the children of life are the children of joy; that the
lower animals are only unhappy when made so by man; that man alone
of all the creatures, has "found out many inventions", the chief of which
appears to be the art of making himself miserable, and of seeing all

Nature stained with that dark and hateful colour.
-   W.H.Hudson (1841-1922)


Religion is an insult to human dignity.  With or without it, you'd have good people doing 
good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, 
it takes religion.
- Steven Weinberg




Calm in quietude is not real calm;
when you can be calm in the midst of activity,
this is the true state of nature.
Happiness in comfort is not real happiness;
when you can be happy in the midst of hardship,
then you see the true potential of the mind.

-  Huanchu Daoren





The fair-weather gardener, who will do nothing except 
when wind and weather and everytning else are favourable, 
is never a master of his craft.   

-   Canon Ellacombe






A garden is a symbol of man's arrogance, perverting nature to human ends ...
-  Tim Smit, The Lost Gardens of Heligan

....  and humans are part of nature   ...  a perverse dilemma!





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Careless of waste, wallowing in refuse, exterminating the enemies  ...  despising age, denying human
natural history, fabricating pseudotraditions, swamped in the repeated personal crises of the aging
preadolescent; all are familiar images of American society.  They are signs of private nightmares
of incoherence and disorder in broken climaxes where technologies in pursuit of mastery create
ever-worsening problems - private nightmares expanded to a social level.
-  Paul Shepard,  Nature and Madness, 1982




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Of the seven deadly sins, surely it is pride that most commonly afflicts the gardener.
-  Michael Pollan


why do you suppose
that every understanding
prior to a real understanding
feels like something
to impose on others?
-  Benjamin Dean, Coffee Stains




The only thing we have to fear on this planet is man.
Carl Jung




When bad things happen, it's the time when you get to work
in the garden and sort out the pots from the weeds.
-   Elizabeth Hurley





When one speaks of humanity, the idea is fundamental that this is 
something which separates and distinguishes man from nature.  In 
reality, however, there is no such separation: "natural" qualities and 
those called truly "human" are inseparably grown together.  Man, in 
his highest and noblest capacities, is wholly nature and embodies 
its uncanny dual character.  Those of his abilities which are terrifying 
and considered inhuman may even be the fertile soil out of which 
alone all humanity can grow in impulse, deed, and work.
-   Frederick Nietzsche, Homer's Contest




A garden was the primitive prison, till man,
with Promethean felicity and boldness,
luckily sinned himself out of it.
-   Charles Lamb




I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
-  G. K. Chesterton





I have discovered that all human evil comes from this,
man's being unable to sit still in a room.

Blaise Pascal





Moderation is a fatal thing.   Nothing succeeds like excess.
-   Oscar Wilde





A garden is quite comfortable with immorality and evil. 
Gardeners at War with Mother Nature.
Even the Devil wants a grand landscape garden near his comfortable castle.
Goodness casts a dark shadow. 

I once read about the dangers of gardening, so I quit reading for two weeks.
Beauty is the Mistress, the Gardener Her slave.
Gardeners had better be ready to see the ugly, the deformed, 
the grotesque, the dying and the dead.
Gardeners are divided into those that think others are doing it wrong.   
-  Mike Garofalo, Pulling Onions






The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again.
Korman's Law





A garden is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coat-skirt or his hand,
and draw in his arm, his leg, and his whole body to irresistible destruction.
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson





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





Marco Polo tells the tale of  The Old Man in the Mountains
and how he recruits new members to his Band of Assassins
by means of drugs, beautiful women, lush gardens, and
religious promises. 






Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book 
not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a 
season passes away unimproved.  

-   George Washington





Modern man no longer regards Nature as being in any sense divine
and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening
conquerer and tyrant.
-   Aldous Huxley





The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits
are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
-  W. Somerset Maugham





It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, 
the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience.  It takes 
a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for 
character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong?  
Maybe nothing.  
-   Eleanor Perényi




Nam curiosus nemo est, quin sit malevolus.
For nobody is curious, who isn't malevolent.
-   Plautus





Life . . . is an onion.  One peels it while crying.
-   Author Unknown





I can say with conviction that the struggle which evil necessitates is one of the greatest
blessings. It makes us strong, patient, helpful men and women. It lets us into the soul
of things and teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the
overcomings of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a
glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with
the good, that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller





The good thing about bad things is that they end.
The bad things about good things is that they also end.




Nature is what she is - amoral and persistent.
-   Stephen Jay Gould





"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied,
"the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my
children; and our labor keeps off from us the three great
evils - boredom, vice, and want."
-  Voltaire





Self is the root, the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state.
-   William Law




Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I've never tried.
-   Mae West




Nothing will be left.  Nothing in the air, nothing under the earth,
nothing in the waters.  All will be exterminated.
-   Leonardo Da Vinci




Botany is a sequel of murder and a chronicle of the dead.  
-   Julian Hawthorne





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A Collection Growing to Over 2,700 Quotes, Arranged by 130 Topics
Many of the Documents Include Recommended Readings and Internet Links.
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