„Were there no mysteries in the Bible, we should doubt its being the transcript of the Eternal Mind. The "mystery of godliness" adapts it to our ruined race. Those mysteries of the Bible are like the mountains of the world; they give grandeur to the landscape and fertility to the soil.“
— Joseph Dare (reverend) Australian clergyman 1831 - 1880
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 422.
— Richard Kadrey San Francisco-based novelist, freelance writer, and photographer 1957
Source: Sandman Slim
„The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.“
— Joshua Reynolds English painter, specialising in portraits 1723 - 1792
Discourse no. 6; vol. 1, pp. 157-8.
Discourses on Art
„The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives.“
— Gertrude Jekyll garden designer, artist 1843 - 1932
As quoted in Dig, Plant, and Grow! (2009) by Louise Spilsbury, p. 13
„I'll never sing a love song for a love that isn't true. I love how the garden grows
And I love the garden rose.“
— Becky Stark American singer 1976
Imagine Our Love (2007)
Context: I'll never stop a bullet but a bullet might stop me.
I'll never drink the ocean but the ocean might drink me.
And I'll never raise a portrait to a gentle man in blue
And I'll never sing a love song for a love that isn't true. I love how the garden grows
And I love the garden rose.
„The fate of the soil system depends on society's willingness to intervene in the market place, and to forego some of the short-term benefits that accrue from 'mining' the soil so that soil quality and fertility can be maintained over the longer term.“
— Eugene P. Odum mathematician, ecologist, natural philosopher, and systems ecologist 1913 - 2002
Eugene Odum (1993) Ecology and our endangered life-support systems. p. 143
„We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.“
— Kelsang Gyatso Tibetan writer and lama 1931
Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey (2001)
„…We are in one world. We are one nation. And therefore, what’s common in between us, what should be common among us, is love and peace.“
— Tawakkol Karman Yemeni journalist, politician, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 1979
2010s, Democracy Now! interview (2011)
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Daybreak — Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (1881)
„Any mundane activity can become meditative. Digging a hole in the garden, planting new roses in the garden — you can do it with such tremendous love and compassion, you can do it with the hands of a buddha.“
— Rajneesh Godman and leader of the Rajneesh movement 1931 - 1990
Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen
Context: Any mundane activity can become meditative. Digging a hole in the garden, planting new roses in the garden — you can do it with such tremendous love and compassion, you can do it with the hands of a buddha. There is no contradiction … I say unto you, your every act should be a ceremony. If you can bring your consciousness, your awareness, your intelligence to the act, if you can be spontaneous, then there is no need for any other religion: life itself will be the religion.
Source: Last Poems
„If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.“
— Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964
„Beside the garden walls,
We walk in haunts of ancient peace.
At night we rest and go to sleep
In haunts of ancient peace.
The love and light we seek,
The words we do not need to speak,
Here in this wondrous way we keep
These haunts of ancient peace.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
Haunts Of Ancient Peace
Song lyrics, Common One (1980)
— Joan Miró Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist 1893 - 1983
from: Taillandier, 1959; as quoted in Calder Miró, ed. Elizabeth Hutton Turner / Oliver Wick; Philip Wilson Publishers, London 2004, p. 82, note 24
1940 - 1960
„Asylums are nothing more than gardens of human cabbages, of miserable, grotesque, repugnant human beings watered with the fertilizer of injections.“
— António Lobo Antunes Portuguese writer 1942
Source: Knowledge of Hell (2008), p. 145
„What are we to do then? Shall we remain supine, while these daring strangers are overrunning our fertile plains, and gradually outnumbering and displacing us? Shall these incursions go on unchecked, until we shall become strangers in our own land?“
— Pío Pico Governor of Alta California 1801 - 1894
Los Angeles Almanac http://www.laalmanac.com/history/hi05s.htm
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 74
Context: It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is only these two blessed things that can begin to heal all the broken hearts.
„Well, we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell.
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger?
Did you ever let your lover see
The stranger in yourself?“
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
Song lyrics, The Stranger (1977)