Farming Sayings and Quotes

Industrialization of the farming industry has changed agriculture all over the world. While technology has changed, the principle law of farming has not. We reap what we sow. Check out the collection of wise and insightful farming quotes below.

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

Masanobu Fukuoka

It is thus with farming: if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.     

Cato the Elder

Farming is a most senseless pursuit, a mere laboring in a circle. You sow that you may reap, and then you reap that you may sow. Nothing ever comes of it.     

Joannes Stobaeus

Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.     

Henri Alain

Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.     

Daniel Webster

If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science.     

Samuel Johnson

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Urban farming is not only possible, it is crucial. But it can't be like the farming techniques of yore.     

Homaro Cantu

Factory farming came about from a moral race to the bottom, with corporations vying against each other to produce more and bigger animals with less care at lower cost.     

Matthew Scully

So organic farming practices are something that, to me, are interlinked with the idea of using biodiesel.     

Daryl Hannah

Farming with live animals is a 7 day a week, legal form of slavery.     

George Segal

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.     

Samuel Johnson

Agriculture for an honorable and highminded man, is the best of all occupations or arts by which men procure the means of living.     


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

Thomas Jefferson

Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health.     

Paul Chatfield

For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

You can make a small fortune in farming-provided you start with a large one.     


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

George Washington

Farming is a profession of hope.     

Brian Brett

A reasonable agriculture would do its best to emulate nature. Rather than change the earth to suit a crop it would diversify its crops to suit the earth.     

Verlyn Klinkenborg

With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.     

Bertrand Russell

Agriculture engenders good sense, and good sense of an excellent kind.     

Joseph Joubert

If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest.     

Douglas Jerrold

It is obvious that the greatest and most important service that is required of our agriculture under existing conditions is an enlarged production of the staple food crops.     

David F. Houston

Organic farming has been shown to provide major benefits for wildlife and the wider environment. The best that can be said about genetically engineered crops is that they will now be monitored to see how much damage they cause.     

Prince Charles

The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.     

Arthur Keith

Agriculture looks different today - our farmers are using GPS and you can monitor your irrigation systems over the Internet.     

Debbie Stabenow

To make agriculture sustainable, the grower has got to be able to make a profit.     

Sam Farr

African agriculture depends on labor. You can't produce crops if there is nobody to work on the farms.     

Annmarie Kormawa

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.     

Aldo Leopold

Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.     

Alice Waters

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.      

Andy Warhol

Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

B. C. Forbes

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.      

Bill Bryson

My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.     

Brenda Schoepp

Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species.     

Chris Hedges

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

E. B. White

Farmers only worry during the growing season, but town's people worry all the time.     

Edgar Watson Howe

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

Edgar Watson Howe

Agriculture is the foundation of manufactures, since the productions of nature are the materials of art.     

Edward Gibbon

The farmer works the soil, The agriculturist works the farmer.     

Eugene F. Ware

It isn't the farmer that lives on the fat of the land; it's the fat of the land that lives on the farmer.     

Evan Esar

Our farmers round, well pleased with constant gain, like other farmers, flourish and complain.     

George Crabbe

I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.     

George Washington

Farming, a vocation accursed of heaven, since one never saw a millionaire involved in it.     

Gustave Flaubert

Farmers are respectable and interesting to me in proportion as they are poor.     

Henry David Thoreau

Measure the corn of others with your own bushel.     

Jewish Proverb

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

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner.     

Lenny Kravitz

Farmers are the only indispensable people on the face of the earth.     

Li Zhaoxing

In undertaking farming we undertake a responsibility covering the whole life cycle. We can break it or keep it whole.     

Lord Northbourne

Agriculture is the keystone of our economic structure. The wealth, welfare, prosperity, and even the future freedom of this nation are based upon the soil.     

Louis Bromfield

He was a very inferior farmer when he first begun ... and he is now fast rising from affluence to poverty.     

Mark Twain

The master’s eye is the best fertilizer.     

Pliny the Elder

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.     

Proverbs 20:4

The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Farmers are philosophical. They have learned that it is less wearing to shrug than to beat their breasts.     

Ruth Stout

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

Tom Barrett

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

Wendell Berry

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.     

Wendell Berry

Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery.      

Wendell Berry

The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.     

Will Rogers