Mining Sayings and Quotes

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


Science mines nature for truth of a different order -- it is our mightiest means of communing with reality, probing its mysteries, and gleaning from them some sense of belonging, of locating ourselves in the universe, understanding our place in it, and liberating ourselves from delusion.     

Maria Popova

There are as many forms of memory as there are ways of perceiving, and every one of them is worth mining for inspiration.     

Twyla Tharp

For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.      

Thomas J. Cottle

Only by much searching and mining, are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.     

James Allen

Mining is like a search-and-destroy mission.      

Stewart Udall

The mining industry might make wealth and power for a few men and women, but the many would always be smashed and battered beneath its giant treads.     

Katharine Susannah Prichard

Mining is a dangerous profession. There's no way to make a mine completely safe: These are the words owners have always used to excuse needless deaths and the words miners use to prepare for them.     

Tawni O'Dell

Coal mining is tough. Acting is just tedious.     

Johnny Knoxville

Art, of course, is a way of thinking, a way of mining reality.     

John Gardner

Any relation to the land, the habit of tilling it, or mining it, or even hunting on it, generates the feeling of patriotism. He who keeps shop on it, or he who merely uses it as a support to his desk and ledger, or to his manufactory, values it less.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mining is the art of exploiting mineral deposits at a profit. An unprofitable mine is fit only for the sepulcher of a dead mule.     

T.A. Rickard

The mines of knowledge are oft laid bare through the forked hazel wand of chance.     

Martin Farquhar Tupper

Then there was the whole concept of coal mining, which is a culture unto itself, the most dangerous occupation in the world, and which draws and develops a certain kind of man     

Martin Cruz Smith

Writing is like mining for gold hidden in the hillsides of your mind.      

David Baboulene

A society must create lots of sunshine for its miners as they need the sun most! And ‘to be remembered, to be respected' is a good sunshine; ‘safety in the mine' is a good sunshine!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

It must not be thought that it is ever possible to reach the interior earth by any perseverance in mining: both because the exterior earth is too thick, in comparison with human strength; and especially because of the intermediate waters, which would gush forth with greater impetus, the deeper the place in which their veins were first opened; and which would drown all miners.      

Rene Descartes

What strip mining is to nature the art market has become to culture.     

Robert Hughes

Mining is a patient game and it always will be.     

Clive Palmer

Mining asteroids will ultimately benefit humanity on and off the Earth in a multitude of ways.     

Peter Diamandis