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I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

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

This pure air
  Braces the listless nerves, and warms the blood:
    I feel in freedom here.
      - Joanna Baillie

Ask any school-boy up to the age of fifteen where he would spend his holidays. Not one in five hundred will say, "In the streets of London," if you give him the option of green fields and running waters. It is, then, a fair presumption that there must be something of the child still in the character of the men or the women whom the country charms in maturer as in dawning life.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The city reveals the moral ends of being, and sets the awful problem of life. The country soothes us, refreshes us, lifts us up with religious suggestion.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Sunny spots of greenery.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Scenes must be beautiful which daily view'd
  Please daily, and whose novelty survives
    Long knowledge and the scrutiny of years.
      - William Cowper

They love the country, and none else, who seek
  For their own sake its silence and its shade.
    Delights which who would leave, that has a heart
      Susceptible of pity, or a mind
        Cultured and capable of sober thought.
      - William Cowper

Thus is nature's vesture wrought
  Too instruct our wand'ring thought;
    Thus she dresses green and gay
      To disperse our cares away.
      - John Dyer, Grongar Hill

Within the sun-lit forest,
  Our roof the bright blue sky,
    Where fountains flow, and wild flowers blow,
      We lift our heads on high.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")

O, when I am safe in my sylvan home,
  I mock at the pride of Greece and Rome;
    And when I am stretch'd beneath the pines
      When the evening star so holy shines,
        I laugh at the lore and pride of man,
          At the Sophist's schools, and the learned clan;
            For what are they all in their high conceit,
              When man in the bush with God may meet?
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sir, when you have seen one green field, you have seen all green fields. Let us walk down Cheapside.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Men are taught virtue and a love of independence by living in the country.
      - Menander

Under a tuft of shade that on the green
  Stood whisp'ring soft, by a fresh fountain side
    They sat them down; and after no more toil
      Of their sweet gard'ning labour than suffic'd
        To recommend cool zephyr, and made ease
          More easy, wholesome thirst and appetite
            More grateful, to their supper fruits they fell.
      - John Milton

Ye sacred Nine! that all my soul possess . . .
  Bear me, O bear me to sequestered scenes,
    The bow'ry mazes, and surrounding greens.
      - Alexander Pope

Abused mortals! did you know
  Where joy, heart's-ease, and comforts grow;
    You'd scorn proud towers,
      And seek them in these bowers,
        Where winds sometimes our woods perhaps may shake,
          But blustering care could never tempest make,
            Nor murmurs e'er come nigh us,
              Saving of fountains that glide by us.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

If country life be healthful to the body, it is no less so to the mind.
      - Giovanni Ruffini

From the white-thorn the May-flower shed
  Its dewy fragrance round our head;
    Not Ariel lived more merrily
      Under the blossom'd bough than we.
      - Sir Walter Scott

I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.
      - Sydney Smith

Nature I'll court in her sequester'd haunts,
  By mountain, meadow, streamlet, grove, or cell;
    Where the pois'd lark his evening ditty chants,
      And health, and peace, and contemplation dwell.
      - Tobias George Smollett

O happy if ye knew your happy state,
  Ye rangers of the fields! whom nature's boon
    Cheers with her smiles, and ev'ry element
      Conspires to bless.
      - William C. Somerville

Seldom shall we see in cities, courts, and rich families, where men live plentifully and eat and drink freely, that perfect health, that athletic soundness and vigor of constitution which is commonly seen in the country, in poor houses and cottages, where nature is their cook, and necessity their caterer, and where they have no other doctor but the sun and fresh air, and that such a one as never sends them to the apothecary.
      - Bishop Robert South

The fields did laugh, the flowers did freshly spring,
  The trees did bud and early blossoms bore,
    And all the quire of birds did sweetly sing,
      And told that garden's pleasures in their caroling.
      - Edmund Spenser

Secure and free they pass their harmless hours,
  Gay as the birds that revel in the grove
    And sing the morning up.
      - Nahum Tate

And see the country, far diffused around,
  One boundless blush, one white impurpled shower
    Of mingled blossom's! where the captured eye
      Hurries from joy to joy.
      - James Thomson (1)

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