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AGRICULTURE
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If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Agriculture engenders good sense, and good sense of an excellent kind.
      - Joseph Joubert

He who owns the soil, owns up to the sky.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

He who owns the soil, owns up to the sky.
  [Lat., Cujus est solum, ejus est usque ad coelum.]
      - Legal Maxim

And the maize-field grew and ripened,
  Till it stood in the splendor
    Of its garments green and yellow.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the land is cultivated entirely by the spade, and no horses are kept, a cow is kept for every three acres of land.
      - John Stuart Mill,
        Principles of Political Economy
         (bk. II, ch. VI, sec, V)

Adam, well may we labour, still to dress
  This garden, still to tend plant, herb, and flower.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 205)

Time spent in the cultivation of the fields passes very pleasantly.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

A field becomes exhausted by constant tillage.
  [Lat., Continua messe senescit ager.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Are Amatoria
         (III, 82)

Our fathers used to say that the master's eye was the best fertilizer.
  [Lat., Majores fertilissium is agro oculum domini esse dixerunt.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (XVIII, 84)

When weary reapers quit the sultry field,
  and, crown'd with corn, their thanks to Ceres yield.
      - Alexander Pope

Where grows?--where grows it not? If vain our toil,
  We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 13)

Our rural ancestors with little blest,
  Patient of labour when the end was rest,
    Indulg'd the day that hous'd their annual grain,
      With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.
      - Alexander Pope, Second Book of Horace
         (ep. I, l. 241)

Here Ceres' gifts in waving prospect stand,
  And nodding tempt the joyful reaper's hand.
      - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest (l. 39)

An agricultural life is one eminently calculated for human happiness and human virtue.
      - Josiah Quincy (2)

In a moral point of view, the life of the agriculturist is the most pure and holy of any class of Men; pure, because it is the most healthful, and vice can hardly find time to contaminate it; and holy, because it brings the Deity perpetually before his view, giving him thereby the most exalted notions of supreme power, and the most fascinating and endearing view of moral benignity.
      - John Russell (1)

Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together.
      - Jonathan Swift

And he gave it for his opinion, "that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together."
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Gulliver's Travels--Voyage to Brobdingnag
         (pt. II, ch. CII)

In ancient times, the sacred Plough employ'd
  The Kings and awful Fathers of mankind:
    And some, with whom compared your insect-tribes
      Are but the beings of a summer's day,
        Have held the Scale of Empire, ruled the Storm
          Of mighty War; then, with victorious hand,
            Disdaining little delicacies, seized
              The Plough, and, greatly independent, scorned
                All the vile stores corruption can bestow.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring (l. 58)

Ill husbandry braggeth
  To go with the best:
    Good husbandry baggeth
      Up gold in his chest.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry--Comparing Good Husbandry
         (ch. LII)

Ill husbandry lieth
  In prison for debt:
    Good husbandry spieth
      Where profit get.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry--Comparing Good Husbandry
         (ch. LII)

He was a very inferior farmer when he first begun . . . and he is now fast rising from affluence to poverty.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's Farm

Command large fields, but cultivate small ones.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

E'en in mid-harvest, while the jocund swain
  Pluck'd from the brittle stalk the golden grain,
    Oft have I seen the war of winds contend,
      And prone on earth th' infuriate storm descend,
        Waste far and wide, and by the roots uptorn,
          The heavy harvest sweep through ether borne,
            As light straw and rapid stubble fly
              In dark'ning whirlwinds round the wintry sky.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Georgics (I, l. 251)

Praise a large domain, cultivate a small state.
  [Lat., Exiguum colito.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Georgics (II, 412)


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