A Quote by Carol Williams on caring, children, garden, learning, time, and world

Usually children spend more time in the garden than anybody else. It is where they learn about the world, because they can be in it unsupervised, yet protected. Some gardeners will remember from their own earliest recollections that no one sees the garden as vividly, or cares about it as passionately, as the child who grows up in it.

Carol Williams

Source: Bringing a Garden to Life

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on ability, automobiles, beauty, boldness, children, confusion, danger, environment, fatherhood, garden, god, indecision, life, pollution, and sharing

The Bee Story I want to share something with you. A few days ago, I was stopped at a large, busy intersection waiting for a long light. Not really looking at anything in particular, my eyes moved about until I noticed a honey bee on the street alongside the car. It was near a bold white line which was between my lane and the left turn lane. The bee was not flying in a lush garden among beautiful flowers and shrubs and trees, in the cool clean air with quietness and beauty all around it. Instead, it had lowered itself to walk on the hot pavement surrounded by noise, pollution, heat and great threats to its very life. It crawled onto the line and seemed to be pulled toward the other side. But then it resisted and wandered back. Back and forth it went, indecisive about whether it would cross over or not. The traffic was now moving in the left turn lane and presented a grave danger. Finally the little bee, perhaps confused, being in an environment to which it was not accustomed, and not using the abilities that God had given it, drifted over the line and headed directly into foreign territory. Two tires went by quickly without harming the bee although ruffling its wings a bit. It could see that it could stand up to any danger so it carried on. Then came a bus and, in a split second, its life was snuffed out. It perished on the wrong side of the line. This is a true story about one unfortunate bee. It has been acted out, set in different environments, in the lives of many of the children of our Heavenly Father.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

Source: originally told to a seminary class, September, 19, Los Altos, California, 1983

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on family, garden, harmony, home, and love

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The teaching of Buddha‎ - Page 193 by Buddhist Promoting Foundation (Tokyo), Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai

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A Quote by Bryan R. Hirst on beginning, culture, garden, islam, life, myth, paradise, reflection, water, wisdom, world, and writers

In Scandinavian mythology, for example, the fountain of Mimir, source of hidden wisdom, lay under the roots of the great world tree and in Islamic culture fountains are found referred to in the Koran, in the garden called Paradise. In the Bible the passage: "It is done, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely," reflects the importance that fountains symbolized to the writers.

Bryan R. Hirst

Source: Fountains

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A Quote by Beverly Nichols on agreement, cats, and garden

A garden without cats, it will be generally agreed, can scarcely deserve to be called a garden at all.

Beverly Nichols

Source: Garden Open Tomorrow, 1968

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A Quote by Benjamin Disraeli on existence and garden

How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

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A Quote by Augusta Carter on garden, justice, and sharing

You don't have a garden just for yourself. You have it to share.

Augusta Carter

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A Quote by Arthur O. Lovejoy on appearance, conviction, diversity, fashion, garden, god, life, pleasure, universe, and world

Romanticism may not inaccurately be described as a conviction that the world is an Englischer Garten on a grand scale. The God of the seventeenth century, like its gardeners, always geometrized; the God of Romanticism was one in whose universe things grew wild and without trimming and in all the rich diversity of their natural shapes. The preference for irregularity, the aversion from that which is wholly intellectualized . . . which were eventually to invade the intellectual life of Europe at all points, made their first modern appearance on a grand scale in the eighteenth century in the form of the new fashion in pleasure gardens.

Arthur O. Lovejoy

Source: The Great Chain of Being, 1936

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A Quote by Arthur Guiterman on babies, day, disease, garden, hope, play, proof, and purity

Strictly Germ-Proof The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gambolled up; They looked upon the creature with a loathing undisguised; It wasn't disinfected and it wasn't sterilised. They said it was microbic and a hotbed of disease; They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees; They froze it in a freezer that was cold as banished hope And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap. In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears; They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears; They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand And 'lected it a member of the Fumigated Band. There's not a micrococcus in the garden where they play; They bathe in pure iodoform a dozen times a day; And each imbibes his rations from a hygienic cup- The Bunny and The Baby and The Prophylactic Pup.

Arthur Guiterman (1871 - 1943)

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A Quote by Annie Spiegelman on cats, garden, hell, life, and work

In my next life I want to come back as one of my cats. They basically pretend we don't exist. They sit like two bumps on a log and watch us work for hours in the yard. They're probably wondering, along with the entire neighborhood, why we work so hard in our garden and it still looks like hell.

Annie Spiegelman

Source: Annie's Garden Journal, 1996

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