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Agriculture is Our Wisest Pursuit – Thomas Jefferson

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

~ Thomas Jefferson
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Do The Best You Can – Maya Angelou

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“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

~ Maya Angelou
 
 
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Be Happy in The Moment – Mother Teresa

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“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”

~ Mother Teresa

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A Late Summer Garden – William Longgood

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A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of year.

~ William Longgood

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A House is Not a Home – Benjamin Franklin

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“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

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Keep Close to Nature’s Heart – John Muir

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“Keep close to nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

~ John Muir

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To Be Great, Be Whole – Fernando Pessoa

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“To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are Into the smallest thing you do. The whole moon gleams in every pool.”

~ Fernando Pessoa

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If You Believe You Can – Denis Waitley

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“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”

~ Denis Waitley
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My Formula for Living is Quite Simple – Cary Grant

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“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.”

~ Cary Grant
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Trees – The Most Penetrating Preachers – Hermann Hesse

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“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”


~Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

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Love Begins at Home – Mother Teresa

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“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”

~ Mother Teresa

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Where Love Abides – Henry Van Dyke

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Every house where love abides

And friendship is a guest,

Is surely home, and home sweet home

For there the heart can rest.

 
~ Henry Van Dyke
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Must Have Chaos Within – Friedrich Nietzsche

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“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche
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The World Needs Dreamers – Sarah Breathnach

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“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers But above all the world needs dreamers who do.”

~ Sarah Breathnach

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Backbone – Elizabeth Gilbert

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“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”

~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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