(Progressive Farmer Archives, 1953)

Cornerstones highlights thought-provoking quotations from notable folks.

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our farmers buy everything to raise cotton, and raise cotton to buy everything, and, after going through this treadmill business for years, they lie down and die and leave their families penniless.
Leonidas L. Polk

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
B. C. Forbes

No race can prosper until it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
Andy Warhol

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.
Wendell Berry

Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start.
Edgar Watson Howe

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

As long as there's a few farmers out there, we'll keep fighting for them.
Willie Nelson

A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
E.B. White

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
Proverbs 20:4 (KJV)

The goal of any farmer, after producing enough to feed his own family, has always been to find the best place to sell the year's crop.
Sonny Perdue

The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.
Will Rogers

If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer's crop, who are we to say it shouldn't rain?
Tom Barrett

The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
2 Timothy 2:6 (KJV)

Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.
George Washington

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
John F. Kennedy

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
Masanobu Fukuoka

When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.
Daniel Webster


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