(Progressive Farmer image by John McKinney, Progressive Farmer Archives, 1963)

Cornerstones highlights thought-provoking quotations from notable folks.

If you could understand a single grain of wheat you would die of wonder.
Martin Luther

As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you.
Gwendolyn Brooks

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
John 12:24 (KJV)

We can grow good wheat and make good bread only if we understand that we do not live by bread alone.
Wendell Berry

Poetry is a sort of truancy, a dream within the dream of life, a wild flower planted among our wheat.
Michael Joseph Oakeshott

Thousands of miles of wheat, indifference, and self-apology.
Mordecai Richler

Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problem of wheat.

History records the names of royal bastards, but cannot tell us the origin of wheat.
Jean-Henri Fabre

He that will have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding.
William Shakespeare

It is unnatural in a large field to have only one shaft of wheat, and in the infinite Universe only one living world.
Metrodorus of Chios

For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey ...
Deuteronomy 8:7-8 (KJV)

Mid the sharp, short emerald wheat, scarce risen three fingers well, The wild tulip at the end of its tube, blows out its great red bell, Like a thin clear bubble of blood, for the children to pick and sell.
Robert Browning

The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat.
Brigham Young

If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.
Vincent Van Gogh

Besides that, when elsewhere the harvest of wheat is most abundant, there it comes up less by one-fourth than what you have sowed. There, methinks, it were a proper place for men to sow their wild oats, where they would not spring up.

There are only two kinds of people in the world that really count. One kind's wheat and the other kind's emeralds.
Edna Ferber


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