Country Life Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old country life quotes, country life sayings, and country life proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

City life is no life for a country man; for such a man that life is a kind of damnation in itself.     

Stephen King

The whole race of scribblers flies from the town and yearns for country life.     


One gets, sensitive about losing mornings after getting a little used to them with living in a country. Each one of these endlessly varied daybreaks is an opera but once performed.     

Nathaniel Parker Willis

City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life.     

Mason Cooley

Being in the country is like being in a dream, one doesn't quite know who one is. There is an anonymity to it all, that strange human creature that is me, one among all.     

Meia Geddes

I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me; and to me High mountains are a feeling, but the hum Of human cities torture.     

Lord Byron

There is a vast deal of make-believe in the carefully nurtured sentiment for country life, and the barefoot boy, and the mountain girl.     

Agnes Repplier

Warm familiar scents drift softly from the oven, and imprint forever upon our hearts that this is home and that we are loved.     

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

The city, no matter how small, is corrupt and unrepentant, while the sun shines brighter in the country, making people more wholesome.     

Lori Lansens

Cow dung and horse dung, as muck goes, are relatively agreeable. You can even become nostalgic about them. They smell of fermented grain, and on the far side of their smell there is hay and grass.     

John Berger

Country life has its advantages, he used to say. You sit on the veranda drinking tea and your ducklings swim on the pond, and everything smells good and there are gooseberries.     

Anton Chekhov

The milking machines sounded tranquilizing, and there was the collegiality of seventy animal spirits thriving, warming the barn with cud-chewing, nose-snuffling, and sisterly mammalhood.     

Edward Hoagland

The country is lyric, the town dramatic. When mingled, they make the most perfect musical drama.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

God made the country, and man made the town.     

William Cowper

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 Hubbel Chapin

Not by human dwellings not in crowded cities alone, are the sights and sounds of life. The wildest places of the earth are full of them.     

Solomon Northup

What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry.     

Laurie Lee

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

Giovanni Ruffini

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.     

Anais Nin

And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.     

John Steinbeck

Sir, when you have seen one green field, you have seen all green fields. Let us walk down Cheapside.     


The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God; but in cities little else but the works of men. And the one makes a better subject for contemplation than the other.     

William Penn

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.     

Oscar Wilde

Country things are the necessary root of our life and that remains true even of a rootless and tragically urban civilization. To live permanently away from the country is a form of slow death.     

Esther Meynell

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

William Cowper

A contrast between country and city, as fundamental ways of life, reaches back into classical times.     

Raymond Williams

The country habit has me by the heart.     

Vita Sackville West

I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.     

Albert Einstein

This pure air braces the listless nerves, and warms the blood: I feel in freedom here.     

Joanna Baillie

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

Knowledge and power in the city; peace and decency in the country.     

Mason Cooley

He who marries a wife reared on the land marries strength and purity and compassion.     


Far from the gay cities, and the ways of men.     


We need only to close our eyes and we are back on the Third Line, walking up the lane, through the yard and entering the bright, warm kitchen. We are home again.     

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

There is nothing good to be had in the country, or, if there be, they will not let you have it.     

William Hazlitt

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


In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.     

Geoffrey F. Fisher

Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds, exhilirate the spirit, and restore the tone of languid nature.     

William Cowper

I think the jokes would have been a bit broader and a bit more obvious in terms of the day-to-day of country life.     

Simon Pegg

Nothing ages a woman like living in the country.     

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

I suppose the pleasure of country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live.     

Vita Sackville-West

Once wealth and beauty are gone, there is always rural life.     

Mason Cooley

People have a tendency to see country life through rose-colored glasses.     

PJ Harvey

The country is laid out in a haphazard, sloppy fashion, offensive to the tidy, organized mind.     

Alan Brien

Country acquaintances are charming only in the country and only in the summer. In the city in winter they lose half of their appeal.     

Anton Chekhov