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The farmer works the soil. The agriculturalist works the farmer.
~ Eugene F. Ware

 

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The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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The land too poor for any other crop, is best for raising men.
~ R. Pocock

 

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The master's eye is the best fertilizer.
~ Pliny The Elder

 

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There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.
~ Bill Bryson

 

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There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.
~ Hamlin Garland

 

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There is, of course, a gold mine or a buried treasure on every mortgaged homestead. Whether the farmer ever digs for it or not, it is there, haunting his daydreams when the burden of debt is most unbearable.
~ Fawn M. Brodie

 

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There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
~ Benjamin Franklin

 

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When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.
~ Daniel Webster

 

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Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

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With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
~ Bertrand Russell

 

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