"There is in every human heart,
Some not completely barren part, Where seeds of truth and love might grow,
And flowers of generous virtue flow;
To plant, to watch, to water there,
This be our duty, be our care.
- Sir John Bowring (English author, poet, political economist, and 4th governor of Hong Kong; b. 1792 - d. 1872), from Matins and Vespers: With Hymns and Occasional Devotional Pieces (1827)
Glossary of Quotations (Quotes), Proverbs, Phrases, and Sayings: Agriculture, Disposition, Duty, Heart, Growth, Land, Literature, Love, Natural Resources, Politics and Politicians, Virtue, Water
"Land of our birth, we pledge to thee
Our love and toil in the years to be;
When we are grown and take our place,
As men and women with our race."
- from "The Children's Song", Puck of Pook's Hill (1906)
- Rudyard Kipling (English poet and author, b. 1865 - d. 1936)
Glossary of Quotations (Quotes), Proverbs, Phrases, and Sayings: Agriculture and Farming, Growth and Maturity, Labor and Work, Land, Love
"And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together." -from Gulliver's Travels (1726)
- Jonathan Swift (English/Irish author, poet, and satirist; b. 1667 - d. 1745)
Glossary of Quotations (Quotes), Proverbs, Phrases, and Sayings:
Agriculture, Growth, Land, Literature, Service, Politics
"To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch, their renewal of life, this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do."
- from My Summer in a Garden (1870)
- Charles Dudley Warner (American essayist and novelist, b. 1829 - d. 1900)