Quotes For Gardeners


Play, Games, Creativity

Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo


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This is the real secret of life - to be completely
engaged with what you are doing in the here and now.
And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
-   Alan Watts, Work as Play




A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head,
and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot.
-   Alan Beck





It is only in playing that the individual is able to be creative
and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being
creative that the individual discovers the self.
-   Donald Winnicott





Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her
with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857), A Land of Plenty





Be aware of wonder.  Live a balanced life -
learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing
and dance and play and work every day some.
-   Robert Fulghum,  All I Need to Know






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The supreme accomplishment is to
blur the line between work and play.
-   Arnold Toynbee




If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
-  Anthony J. DeAngelo




Play is the taproot from which original art springs.
It is the raw stuff that the artist channels
with all his learning and technique.
-   Stephen Nachmanovich




We may play with and pass on a garden, possessing one is an illusion.
Gardeners must dance with feedback, play with results, turn as they learn.
Some gardeners don't grow old and stop playing; they stop playing and grow old.
Nature's playfulness is a gardener's delight.
A garden is a sporting field, an area for play.

-   Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions: The Maxims of Gardening





In Hindu philosophy the whole creation is regarded as the Vishnu Lila,
the play of Vishnu.  Lila means dance or play.  Also in Hindu philosophy,
they call the world illusion; and in Latin the root of the word
illusion is ludere, to play.
-   Alan Watts, Work as Play




Leisure - Quotes for Gardeners




Life consists not in holding good cards
but in playing those you hold well.
-   Josh Billings




When I grow up I want to be a little boy.
-   Joseph Heller





Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love
and to work and to play and to look at the stars.
-   Henry Jackson Vandyke, Jr. (1852-1933)




Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
Leo Rosten




At books, or work, or healthy play,
Let all my years be passed;
That I may give for every day
A good account at last.
-   Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Divine Songs for Children




Work - Quotes for Gardeners





Don't stint on foreplay -- or afterplay.  Be inventive!
-   Dr. Ruth Westheimer





All the genuine, deep delight of life is in showing people the mud-pies
you have made; and life is at its best when we confidingly recommend
our mud-pies to each other's sympathetic consideration.
-   A. M. Thornburn





A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child.
-  Mencius




The true object of all human life is play. 
Earth is a task garden; 
heaven is a playground.
-  G. K. Chesterton  





It is a happy talent to know how to play.
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson





We don't stop playing because we grow old; 
we grow old because we stop playing.

-  Benjamin Franklin





The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing 
by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
-  Mike Konda




The cat has nine lives: three for playing, 
three for straying, three for staying.
-  Proverb




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The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, 
his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, 
his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his 
vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he 
is working or playing.  To him he's always doing both.
-  James A. Michener




When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - 
just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree 
limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children 
playing in the park?
-  Ralph Marston





Life choices involve playing games: 
sometimes you throw the dice, 
sometimes you play chess.  






We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, 
or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.
-  Charles Schaefer






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Quotes for Gardeners

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A Collection Growing to Over 2,000 Quotes, Arranged by 105 Topics
Many of the Documents Include Recommended Readings and Internet Links.
Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo



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