Village Sayings and Quotes

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


Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain, / Where health and plenty cheered the labouring swain.     

Oliver Goldsmith

A man he was to all the country dear, / And passing rich with forty pounds a year; / Remote from town he ran his Godly grace, / Nor e'er had changed nor wished to change his place.     

Oliver Goldsmith

The town and village, dome and farm, / Each give each a double charm, / As pearls upon an Ethiop's arm.     

John Dyer

Hardy went down to botanize in the swamp, while Meredith climbed towards the sun. Meredith became, at his best, a sort of daintily dressed Walt Whitman: Hardy became a sort of village atheist brooding and blaspheming over the village idiot.     

G.K. Chesterton

A relatively primitive village in which there are still real feasts, common artistic shared expressions, and no literacy at all is more advanced culturally and more healthy mentally than our educated, newspaper-reading radio-listening culture.     

Erich Fromm

A village is a hive of glass, where nothing unobserved can pass.     

Charles Spurgeon

It takes only one child to raze a village.     

Florence King

Let the villages of the future live in our imagination, so that we might one day come to live in them!     

Mahatma Gandhi

Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it.     

Henry David Thoreau

You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there.     

Cesare Pavese

Every village should celebrate its birthday & it will end the poison of casteism… and once casteism ends, see how the strength of villages increase!     

Narendra Modi

It takes a village to raise a child.     

Hillary Clinton

Life in a Chinese village is much more organised because the Chinese Communist Party has a presence even in the remotest Chinese village - a presence of the kind that no governmental or non-governmental organisation has in Indian villages.     

Pankaj Mishra

You can pregrow a village with no consequence on the land. In fact, with a positive carbon contribution.     

Mitchell Joachim

Twenty men crossing a bridge, into a village, / Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges, into twenty villages, / Or one man crossing a single bridge into a village.     

Wallace Stevens

I like the streets of New York City, where I was born, better than these streets of palms. No doubt, my father liked his village in Ukrainia better than the streets of New York City; and my grandfather the city and its synagogue, where he once read aloud the holy books, better than the village in which he dickered in the market-place.     

Charles Reznikoff

Under the spreading chestnut tree / The village smithy stands; / The smith a mighty man is he / With large and sinewy hands./ And the muscles of his brawny arms / Are strong as iron bands     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Villages unlike towns, have always been ruled by conformism, isolation, petty surveillance, boredom, and repetitive malicious gossip about the same families. Which is a precise enough description of the global spectacle's present vulgarity.     

Guydebord

The almighty dollar, the great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.     

Washington Irving

If you are culling out the swindlers, you may end up emptying the village.     

Bengali Proverbs

In one village, he is treated as a dog, in the other village he is God.     

Bengali Proverbs

In every little village in the world there are great potential champions who only need motivation, development, and good exercise evaluation.     

Arthur Lydiard

I love old bookshops and their accumulated dusty trash and treasures. I frequent them in any village, town, or city where I may be.     

Helen Nearing

At any village wedding, sitting near the bride and groom were two men, one noting down the contributions made to the groom's household, and the other, the bride's.     

Mysore Narasimhachar Srinivas

The village of Penicuik, with its neighbouring spinning mills, / Is most lovely to see, and the Pentland Hills; / And though of a barren appearance and some parts steep, / They are covered with fine pasture and sustain flocks of sheep.     

William Topaz McGonagall

On the cheerful village green, / Skirted round with houses small, / All the boys and girls are seen, / Playing there with hoop and ball.     

Jane Taylor

I love those connections that make this big old world feel like a little village.     

Gina Bellman

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.     

Bill Gates

If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Have you forgotten to have a beautiful breakfast in a countryside village? Then, you have forgotten the life!     

Mehmet Murat Ildan