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"Ten acres and a mule."
      - Unattributed Author,
        American phrase indicating the expectations of emancipated slaves

"Agriculture, for an honorable and high-minded man," says Xenophon, "is the best of all occupations and arts by which men procure the means of living."
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

He that sows his grain upon marble will have many a hungry belly before his harvest.
      - John Arbuthnot

He that would look with contempt on the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy the name of a man.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

He who would look with contempt upon the farmer's pursuit is not worthy the name of a man.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Three acres and a cow.
      - Jeremy Bentham, Works (vol. III, p. 448)

In the age of acorns, antecedent to Ceres and the loyal ploughman Triptolemus, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds that glowed in the mines of India.
      - Henry Brooke

Look up! the wide extended plain
  Is billowy with its ripened grain,
    And on the summer winds are rolled
      Its waves of emerald and gold.
      - William Henry Burleigh, The Harvest Call
         (st. 5)

Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Trade increases the wealth and glory of a country; but its real strength and stamina are to be looked for among the cultivators of the land.
      - 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt

The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit.
  [Lat., Arbores serit diligens agricola, quarum adspiciet baccam ipse numquam.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 14)

It is not known where he that invented the plough was born nor where he died; yet he has effected more for the happiness of the world than the whole race of heroes and of conquerors who have drenched it with tears and manured it with blood, and whose birth, parentage, and education have been handed down to us with a precision precisely proportionate to the mischief they have done.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He allows very readily, that the eyes and footsteps of the master are things most salutary to the land.
  [Lat., Oculos et vestiga domini, res agro saluberrimas, facilius admittit.]
      - Lucinus Junius Moderatus Columella,
        De Re Rustica (IV, 18)

The first three men in the world were a gardener, a ploughman, and a grazier; and if any man object that the second of these was a murderer, I desire he would consider that as soon as he was so, he quitted our profession and turned builder.
      - Abraham Cowley

The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Society and Solitude--Farming

The frost is God's plough, which He drives through every inch of ground in the world, opening each clod, and pulverizing the whole.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Smoothly and lightly the golden seed by the furrow is covered.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield:
  Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke:
    How jocund did they drive their team a-field!
      How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 7)

The divine chemistry works in the subsoil.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happy he who far from business, like the primitive are of mortals, cultivates with his own oxen the fields of his fathers, free from all anxieties of gain.
  [Lat., Beatus ille qui procul negotiis,
    Ut prisca gens mortalium,
      Paterna rura bobus exercet suis,
        Solutus omni faenore.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Epodon
         (bk. II, 1)

Ye rigid Ploughmen! bear in mind
  Your labour is for future hours:
    Advance--spare not--nor look behind--
      Plough deep and straight with all your powers!
      - Richard Hengist (Henry) Horne, The Plough

Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling; for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.
      - Thomas Jefferson

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

The life of the husbandman,--a life led by the bounty of earth and sweetened by the airs of heaven.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Jerrold's Wit--The Husbandman's Life

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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