„Hey farmer, farmer,
Put away that DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!“

"Big Yellow Taxi"
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Joni Mitchell44
Canadian musician 1943

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„Our farmers round, well pleased with constant gain,
Like other farmers, flourish and complain.“

—  George Crabbe English poet, surgeon, and clergyman 1754 - 1832

The Parish Register (1807), Part 1: "Baptisms", line 273.

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„I am the poet who once tuned his song
On a slender reed and then leaving the woods
Compelled the fields to obey the hungry farmer,
A pleasing work. But now War's grim and savage …“

Ille ego, qui quondam gracili modulatus avena Carmen, et egressus silvis vicina coegi Ut quamvis avido parerent arva colono, Gratum opus agricolis, at nunc horrentia Martis<!-- Arma virumque cano--> ...

—  Virgil Ancient Roman poet -70 - -19 BC

Ille ego, qui quondam gracili modulatus avena
Carmen, et egressus silvis vicina coegi
Ut quamvis avido parerent arva colono,
Gratum opus agricolis, at nunc horrentia Martis ...
Spurious opening lines of the Aeneid (tr. Stanley Lombardo), not found in the earliest manuscripts. Attributed to Virgil on the authority of "the grammarian Nisus", who claimed to have "heard from older men" that Varius had "emended the beginning of the first book by striking out" the four introductory lines, as reported in Suetonius' Life of Vergil http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Suetonius/de_Poetis/Vergil*.html, 42 (Loeb translation). John Conington, in his Commentary on Vergil's Aeneid, remarks: "The external evidence of such a story it is impossible to estimate, but its existence suspiciously indicates that the lines were felt to require apology" (Vol. II, p. 30).
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„That farmer is a poor creature who skins the land and leaves it worthless to his children. The farmer is a good farmer who, having enabled the land to support himself and to provide for the education of his children, leaves it to them a little better than he found it himself. I believe the same thing of a nation.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)
Context: Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. I ask nothing of the nation except that it so behave as each farmer here behaves with reference to his own children. That farmer is a poor creature who skins the land and leaves it worthless to his children. The farmer is a good farmer who, having enabled the land to support himself and to provide for the education of his children, leaves it to them a little better than he found it himself. I believe the same thing of a nation.

„High in the sky is a bird on a wing
Please carry me with you
Far far away from the mad rushing crowd
Please carry me with you“

—  Tom Springfield English musician, songwriter and record producer 1934

Song Island of Dreams.

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„(Hey man) oh leave me alone you know
(Hey man) oh Henry, get off the phone, I gotta
(Hey man) I gotta straighten my face
This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place.“

—  David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger 1947 - 2016

Suffragette City
Song lyrics, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

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„What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife.“

—  Rodney Dangerfield American actor and comedian 1921 - 2004

Variant: What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bee and he told me about the butcher and my wife.

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„What you need is good management with farmer power. Good management gives this power the right direction and thrust. Nothing can stop the farmers then. Least of all the Multi national Companies|MNCs]].“

—  Verghese Kurien Indian founder of dairy-cooperative Amul 1921 - 2012

Quote, Amul builder Verghese Kurien's best quotes and pictures from Economic Times archives

„Don't try to sell me on death, Odysseus.
I'd rather be a hired hand back up on earth,
Slaving away for some poor dirt farmer,
Than lord it over all these withered dead.“

—  Stanley Lombardo Philosopher, Classicist 1943

Book XI, lines 510–513; spoken by the ghost of Achilles.
Translations, Odyssey (2000)

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„If you please to give me leave I shall give you the ground of what I know to be true.“

—  Anne Hutchinson participant in the Antinomian Controversy 1591 - 1643

Trial and Interrogation (1637)
Context: If you please to give me leave I shall give you the ground of what I know to be true. Being much troubled to see the falseness of the constitution of the church of England, I had like to have turned separatist; whereupon I kept a day of solemn humiliation and pondering of the thing; this scripture was brought unto me — he that denies Jesus Christ to be come in the flesh is antichrist — This I considered of and in considering found that the papists did not deny him to be come in the flesh nor we did not deny him — who then was antichrist?... The Lord knows that I could not open scripture; he must by his prophetical office open it unto me.... I bless the Lord, he hath let me see which was the clear ministry and which the wrong. Since that time I confess I have been more choice and he hath let me to distinguish between the voice of my beloved and the voice of Moses, the voice of John Baptist and the voice of antichrist, for all those voices are spoken of in scripture. Now if you do condemn me for speaking what in my conscience I know to be truth I must commit myself unto the Lord.

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„Leave me in the night but please don't leave me in the dark“

—  Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

Skinny Legs and All (1990)

„Please finish every grain of rice in your bowl. Do not forget that each grain represents one drop of farmer's blood.“

—  Robert Kuok Malaysian businessman 1923

Cap 1 "Moulded by Mother"

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„Now my weary lips I close;
Leave me, leave me to repose!“

—  Thomas Gray English poet, historian 1716 - 1771

Descent of Odin http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=dooo, Line 71 (1761)

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„I am a servant to the farmers.“

—  Verghese Kurien Indian founder of dairy-cooperative Amul 1921 - 2012

In How a farmers’ servant painted the nation white, 9 September 2012, 31 Deccember 2013, The Hindu http://www.hindustantimes.com/comment/columnsothers/how-a-farmers-servant-painted-the-nation-white/article1-927184.aspx,
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„I leave it to those concerned the launching of a hate campaign against me based on imagined and manufactured allegations. Please get the facts straight and don’t try to put words in my mouth.“

—  Francis Escudero Filipino politician 1969

The Official Website of the Senate of the Philippines http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2013/0410_escudero1.asp
2013, Mid-Term Campaign Trail

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