Quotes For Gardeners


Light, Clouds, Wind, Stars, Sky, Fog, Sunshine

Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

From the Spirit of Gardening Website

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes
at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light
and the air which vary continually.  For me, it is only the surrounding
atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.
–  Claude Monet

Listen!  the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!
–  Humbert Wolfe

The sky and the strong wind have moved the spirit inside me
till I am carried away trembling with joy.
–  Uvavnuk

The leaves lay like hands upon the ground.
When the wind rustles them, they applaud softly.

– Laura E. Stevens

Every dewdrop and raindrop had a whole heaven within it.
–  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

No cloud above, no earth below,
A universe of sky and snow.
– John Greenleaf Whittier

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
– Helen Keller

Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.
–  Joan Didion

The fog is rising.
–  Emily Dickinson’s last words

Although the wind is very powerful and you can feel its presence, in and of
itself it cannot be seen. You know it is there by its effect on others. The
great trees, the grasses and waves on the sea bend with its force. If you
are aware of your surroundings, you know it is there long before
you feel it. So it is with the ineffable.
– Author Unknown

Zeus, the father of the
Olympic Gods, turned
mid-day into night, hiding the light
of the dazzling Sun;
and sore fear came upon men.
Archilochus (c680-c640 BC), Greek poet
Refers to the total solar eclipse of 6 April 648 BC

No issue is more compelling than the air we breathe,
be it hot or cold, be it hawk or human.
– Jack Nicholson

The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
– Rabindranath Tagore

Don’t knock the weather, nine-tenths of the
people couldn’t start a conversation if it
didn’t change once in a while.
– Kin Hubbard

We are the stars which sing,
We sing with our light;
We are the birds of fire,
We fly over the sky.
Our light is a voice:
We make a road
For the spirit to pass over.
– Algonquin Song of the Stars

There are no limits to either time or distance,
except as man himself may make them.
I have but to touch the wind to know these things.
– Hal Borland

twisting inland,
the sea fog takes awhile
in the apple trees.
– Michael McClintock

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads.
The wind is passing by.
–   Christina Rossetti

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
–  Swedish proverb

We all like to congregate at boundary conditions. Where land meets water.
Where earth meets air. Where bodies meet mind. Where space meets time.
We like to be on one side, and look at the other.
– Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

The wind blows hard among the pines
Toward the beginning
Of an endless past.
Listen: you’ve heard everything.
– Shinkichi Takahashi, Zen Poems of China and Japan,
Lucien Stryk, p. 125

Rainbows apologize for angry skies.
–  Sylvia Voirol

But on the twenty-fifth of May, at sunset, a violent wind howled madly,
Battering and rending my plants;
Rain poured down, Pounding the vines and flowers into the earth.
It was so painful
But as the work of the wind, I have to let it be …
– Ryokan

Quotes for Gardeners

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Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

The shell must break before the bird can fly.
– Alfred Tennyson

What ideal, immutable Platonic cloud could equal the beauty and
perfection of any ordinary everyday cloud floating over, say, Tuba
City, Arizona, on a hot day in June?
– Edward Abbey

You know the Zen question, ‘The Bodhisattva of Great Mercy [Avalokitesvara,
or Kannon] has a thousand hands and a thousand eyes; which is the true eye?’ I
could not understand this for a long time. But the other day, when I looked at the
pine trees bending before the cold blasts from the mountain, I suddenly realized
the meaning. You see, all the boughs, branches, twigs, and leaves simultaneously
bend to the wind with tremendous vigor.
– Two Zen Classics, Translated by Katsuki Sekida, Case 37, Joshu’s Oak Tree

The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes,
their written language is too difficult for human minds,
and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears.
–  John Muir

We had a sunset of a very fine sort. The vast plain of the sea was marked
off in bands of sharply-contrasted colors: great stretches of dark blue,
others of purple, others of polished bronze; the billowy mountains showed
all sorts of dainty browns and greens, blues and purples and blacks, and
the rounded velvety backs of certain of them made one want to stroke
them, as one would the sleek back of a cat.
–   Mark Twain

The inner – what is it?
if not intensified sky,
hurled through with birds
and deep with
the winds of homecoming.
– Rainer Marie Rilke

Through woods and mountain passes
The winds, like anthems, roll.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Midnight Mass for the Dying Year, 1839.

When we inhale, the air comes into the inner world.
When we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world.
The inner world is limitless, and the outer world is also limitless.
We say “inner world” or “outer world” but actually,
There is just one whole world.
– Shunryu Suzuki

The Pleasant air and wind,
with sacred thoughts do
feed my serious mind.
– Rowland Watkyns, The Poet’s Soliloquy

This is what I have heard
at last the wind in December
lashing the old trees with rain
unseen rain racing along the tiles
under the moon
wind rising and falling
wind with many clouds

trees in the night wind                                                             

–   W. S. Merwin

Wind is the loving
Wooer of waters;
Wind blends together
Billows all-foaming.

Spirit of man,
Thou art like unto water!
Fortune of man,
Thou art like unto wind!
– Goethe, 1789

To garden is to open your heart to the sky.
The grandest view from the garden is the open sky.
To garden in the rain: irresistible fragrances and fresh air.
– Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions

We saw the strong trees struggle and their plumes do down,
The poplar bend and whip back till it split to fall,
The elm tear up at the root and topple like a crown,
The pine crack at the base – we had to watch them all.
The ash, the lovely cedar. We had to watch them fall.

They went so softly under the loud flails of air,
Before that fury they went down like feathers,
With all the hundred springs that flowered in their hair,
and all the years, endured in all the weathers –
To fall as if they were nothing, as if they were feathers.
–  May Sarton, We Have Seen the Wind, 1938

Everything passes away — suffering, pain, blood, hunger, pestilence.
The sword will pass away too, but the stars will still remain when the
shadows of our presence and our deeds have vanished from the
earth. There is no man who does not know that. Why, then, will we
not turn our eyes toward the stars? Why?
–   Mikhail Bulgakov, The White Guard