Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!


Another year drawing to a close soon! I hope all of you have had a good year! If not, do not worry, for it’s time to say goodbye to the disappointments, the sadness and the unpleasantness of 2012.

Let’s welcome the New Year 2013 and make it an awesome year! Let the pursuance of your goals, dreams, and happiness continue. May this be the start of a year of good tidings for us all!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! And best wishes in all your endeavours in the year 2013!

Here’s a song by the group ABBA – an old song, but by far the best and my favourite New Year Song! Enjoy!


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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Integrity


A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. - Baltasar Gracian

Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart? - Oliver Goldsmith

Don’t worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward. - Laura Schlessinger

Integrity encompasses compassionately living our morals and ethics in all actions, thoughts and feelings. - Heather Lang

Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. - Unknown

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesnt blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who wont cheat, then you know he never will. - John D. Macdonald

Integrity is nothing hidden, being truthful and honest, doing complete work, working from an empowering context, and doing very well what you do, doing it as it was meant to be done or better, and without cutting corners. - Unknown

Integrity is the light that shines from a disciplined conscience. - James E. Faust

Integrity may be about little things as much or more than big ones. - Tom Peters

The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity. - Roy L. Smith

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. - Zig Ziglar

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. - Confucius

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Justice


Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies. - Joseph Addison

Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to every one his due. - Emperor Justinian

Justice is the exchange of equivalencies. - Leo J. Muir 

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. - Benjamin Franklin

The death penalty is not about vengeance or deterrence. It is about justice. It is a measure of a nationss civility and moral backbone that it rewards and punishes in due measure for great deeds and heinous crimes. So, along with Nobel prizes for great accomplishments, humans must also be brave enough and morally confident enough to exact severe penalties for those who commit the worst deed known to humankind: murder. - David Elmore

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace. - Dwight Eisenhower

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man. - Joseph Addison

Friday, 28 December 2012

Quote Worthy


Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one. - Leo Buscaglia

Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. - Walter Gagehot

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him. - George Bernard Shaw

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. - Issac Newton

People will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one. - Adolf Hitler

The bitterest tragic element in life is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I plant my acorns knowing that I will never live to harvest the oaks. - Danny Hillis

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. - St. Francis De Sales

Open your ears before you open your mouth, it may surprise your eyes! - Earl Nightingale

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Honesty


Be honest about who you are, flaws and all. You never know who you are inspiring by simply being you. - Mandy Hale

Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones. - John Lennon

Honest men fear neither the light nor the dark. - Thomas Fuller

Honesty is the best policy. - Miguel de Cervantes

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson

Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door. - Vernon Howard

Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. It is not. - Dean William R. Inge

No legacy is so rich as honesty. - William Shakespeare

The hardest person to be honest with is yourself. - Unknown

The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more. - Richard J. Needham

We all need to know what it means to be honest. Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving. - James E. Faust


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Quote Worthy


A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying ... that he is wiser today than yesterday. - Jonathan Swift

No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time. - James Baldwin

This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself? - Orison Swett Marden

Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy. - Wayne Dyer

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. - Norman Vincent Peale

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. - Michel Montaigne

Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be! - Miguel de Cervantes

Monday, 24 December 2012

Nobel Prize


A man is driving down a country road when he spots a farmer standing in the middle of a huge field of grass. He pulls the car over to the side of the road and notices that the farmer is just standing there, doing nothing, looking at nothing. The man gets out of the car, walks all the way out to the farmer and asks him, “Um, excuse me mister, but what are you doing?”

The farmer replies, “I'm trying to win one of them Nobel Prizes.”

“How?” asks the man, puzzled.

“Well, I heard they give the Nobel Prize to people who are out standing in their field.” 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Intelligence


Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong. - David Fasold

Intelligence consists of enough wit to talk brilliantly or enough sense to shut up. - Unknown

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - Salvador Dali

Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. - Eugene V. Debs

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own. - Henry Adams

The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life. - Vasudev

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. - Unknown

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

When you fool a fool, you strike a blow for intelligence. - Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingalt

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Facts


Looking for a quote on a particular subject? I have categorized the quotes to make the search easier This 'label' - ZQuotesF - has all the quotes on subjects beginning with the Alphabet F. You might want to search the labels on the right hand side of the page too.

Facts

Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what the stars foretell, avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable verdict of history…. You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your only clue. Get the facts! - Robert A. Heinlein

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. - Norman Vincent Peale

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on. - Harry Truman

We should keep so close to facts that we never have to remember the second time what we said the first time. - F. Marion Smith

Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments. - Marie Dressler

A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease. - William Bliss Carman

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley

There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact. - Arthur Conan Doyle 

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion. - Arnold H. Glasow


Friday, 21 December 2012

Quote Worthy


The earth is mankinds ultimate haven, our blessed terra firma. When it trembles and gives way beneath our feet, its as though one of Gods checks has bounced. - Lyman Abbott

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labour is immense. - Arthur Phelps

Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

That it is better 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer, is a maxim that has been long and generally approved. - Benjamin Franklin

Braving obstacles and hardships is nobler than retreat to tranquility. The butterfly that hovers around the lamp until it dies is more admirable than the mole that lives in a dark tunnel. - Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Games


Looking for a quote on a particular subject? I have categorized the quotes to make the search easier. This 'label' - ZQuotesG - has all the quotes on subjects beginning with the Alphabet G. You might want to search the labels on the right hand side of the page too.

Games

Even when you know the game, you must check whether the rules have changed. - Unknown

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher. - Unknown

Games are meant to be enjoyed and if they always end in tears and unhappiness then they should not be played. - Unknown

Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin

Its not the hand that you’re dealt, its how you play the game. - Unknown

The most important thing in any game is not to win but to take part. - Unknown

Quote Worthy


An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects. - Martin Luther

It’s important that people know what you stand for. It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for. - Mary H. Waldrip

No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; But grateful, take the good I find, the best of now and here. - John Whittier 
  
Thoughts lead to acts, acts lead to habits, habits lead to character – and our character will determine our eternal destiny. - Ezra Taft Benson

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same. - Juan Matus

To be suspicious is not a fault. To be suspicious all the time without coming to a conclusion is the defect. - Lu Xun 

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them. - George Santayana  

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. - Lee Segall

Monday, 17 December 2012

Facts

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. - Edward Teller

A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease. - William Bliss Carman

A man never gets anywhere if facts and his ledgers don't square. - William Faulker

A wise and honest man looks to broad facts, and forms his judgment from them; a rogue endeavours to lead your attention off the true scent, away to details, that he may puzzle and confound you with minutiae always difficult to detect, and sometimes impossible to deny, but which, nevertheless, are nothing more than stakes laid in your path to trip you up, that he may plunder you at his convenience. If, therefore, the broad facts appear suspicious, doubt, but if details be brought to aid them, be sure, that you are in the high road to be deceived. - Charles William Day


Any fact becomes important when it's connected to another. - Umberto Eco

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. - Norman Vincent Peale

Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments. - Marie Dressler

Basic facts tend always to be those most easily overlooked. - Doris Lessing


Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. - Charles Dickens


Facts are lonely things. - Don Delillo

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams

Facts are stupid until brought into connection with some general law. - Louis Agassiz

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley

Facts may speak for themselves. - George Washington

Facts, therefore, have merely a potential and, as it were, subsequent value, and the only advantage of possessing them is the possibility of drawing conclusions from them; in other words, of rising to the idea, the principle, the law which governs them. Our knowledge is composed not of facts, but of the relations which facts and ideas bear to themselves and to each other; and real knowledge consists not in an acquaintance with facts, which only makes a pedant, but in the use of facts, which makes a philosopher. - Henry Thomas Buckle

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. - Mark Twain

It is not the number of facts he knows, but how much of a fact he is himself, that proves the man. - Christian Nestell Bovee

It is wiser and better always to face facts, never to ignore them. Interrogate them; ask them what they mean, and what they have to teach. - Reuen Thomas

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. - Thomas Henry Huxley

Sometimes, legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts. - Salman Rushdie

Sometimes, fact mixed with fiction so thoroughly that, though no lies were told, it was hard to remember what was strictly true. - Stephenie Meyer

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion. - Arnold H. Glasow

The totality of facts determines both what is the case, and also all that is not the case. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

There are no facts, only interpretations. - Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact. - Arthur Conan Doyle

To no circumstance is the wide diffusion of error in the world more owing than to our habit of adopting conclusions from insufficiently established data. An indispensable preliminary, then, in every investigation, is to get at facts. Until these are arrived at, every opinion, theory, or system, however ingeniously framed, must necessarily rest upon an uncertain basis. - Christian Nestell Bovee

We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it. - George Eliot

We should keep so close to facts that we never have to remember the second time what we said the first time. - F. Marion Smith


What are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history"--what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future, facts are your single clue. - Robert A. Heinlein


When facts speak, the wise man listens. - Stephen King

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on. - Harry Truman

Flies


A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing," She asked.

"Hunting flies," he responded.

"Oh. Killing any," she asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Failure


Failure does not mean you …

… accomplished nothing; It means you have learned something.
… are inferior; It means you are not perfect.
… do not have it; It means you have to do something in a different way.
… have been a fool; It means you had a lot of faith.
… have been disgraced; It means you were willing to try.
… should give up; It means you must try harder.

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough. - Christian Nestell Bovee

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience. - Elbert Hubbard

A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. - B. F. Skinner

A man may fail many times, but he isnt a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. - John Burroughs

Companies fail when they continue doing for too long that which made them successful in the past. - John Young

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. - Sivananda

Do not thin of today’s failure, but of the success that may come tomorrow. - Helen Keller

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s okay to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. - H. Stanley Judd

Don’t be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again. - Sir Richard Branson

Dont fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. - Louis E. Boone

Dont worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you dont even try. - Sherman Finesilver 

Every failure is a step to success. - William Whewell

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. - George Eliot

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure. It just means you haven't succeeded yet. - Robert Schuller

Failure is a chance to rediscover and improve yourself. Every failure lets you discover your strengths and weaknesses and gives you an opportunity to work on them. - Unknown

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. - Zig Ziglar

Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share. - Steve Harvey

Failure is a teacher – a harsh one, but the best. - Unknown

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. - John Dewey

Failure is just another part of the culture of innovation. Accept it and become stronger. - Albert Yu

Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. - Unknown

Failing is not just an option when you quit. It is inevitable. - Michelle A. Homme

Failure is not the enemy, but a life-changing experience. It is a human experience, and it prepares the way for us to grow and transform our lives. - Sobonfu Somé

Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. - Arianna Huffington

Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. - Denis Waitley

Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. - Henry Ford

Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success. - Leigh Mitchell Hodges

Failure is success if we learn from it. - Malcolm S Forbes

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. - Truman Capote

Failure is the mother of success. - Unknown

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. - Denis Waitley

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. - Unknown

Failures are but mileposts on the road to success. - Unknown

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. - C. S. Lewis

Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial. - H. Ross Perot

Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. - Denis Waitley

Half the failures in life arise from pulling in ones horse as he is leaping. - Augustus Hare

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – try to please everybody. - Herbert Bayard Swope

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress. - Calvin Coolidge

If you are doing your best, you will not have time to worry about failure. -Robert Silliman Hillyer 

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. - Mary Pickford

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. - Thomas J. Watson, Snr

If youre not failing every now and again, its a sign youre not doing anything very innovative. - Woody Allen 

In some attempts, it is glorious even to fail. - Longinus

In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try. - David Viscott


It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again. -Charles Kettering

It is better to try and fail than never to have tried at all. - Unknown

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default. - J.K. Rowling

It is okay to experience a stay in the ‘house of failure’ as long you do not get the thrill of staying there permanently. - Unknown

Its how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success. - Charlotte Whitton

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. - George Washington Carver

No man fails who does his best. - Orison Swett Marden

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. - William Feather

Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are… To everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on. - Jerry Zucker

One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. - Napoleon Hill

One great cause of failure is the lack of concentration. - Unknown

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert Kennedy

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself. - Marquis De Vauvenargues

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. if one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. - Lao Tzu

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. - Edward Eggleston

Pull your failures to pieces looking for the reason. - Unknown

Remember that failure is an event, not a person. - Unknown 

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesnt work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. - Roger von Oech

Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success. - Edward Dowden

The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure. - Chinese Proverb

The hallmark of a failure is, almost without exception, a person who is indecisive and changes his decisions very often. - Unknown

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail. - Napoleon Hill


The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by failures. - Sir Humphry Davy

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. - Buddha

The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure. - Unknown

The only time you do not fail is the last time you try anything – and it works. - William Strong

The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed. - Edwin Percy Whipple

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. - Paramahansa Yogananda

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. - Orison Swett Marden

There is no failure except in no longer trying. - Elbert Hubbard

There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. - Sivananda

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy

To fail is a natural consequence of trying. To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again. - David Viscott

We are less likely to fail if we measure with judgment our chances and our capabilities. - Unknown

We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring. - David Grayson

When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. - Unknown

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still do not win, at least you can be satisfied that you tried. - Rosalynn Carter

You only fail if you do less than your best! - Unknown

Gardens / Gardening

A garden always gives back more than it receives. - Mara Beamish

A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul. - Sadi

A garden is a friend you can visit any time. - Unknown

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. - Gertrude Jekyll

A garden is never so good as it will be next year. - Thomas Cooper

A garden is one of the few expressions of mans nature that is altogether benign. - Nan Fairbrother

A garden is the best alternative therapy. - Germaine Greer

A garden is the mirror of a mind. It is a place of life, a mystery of green moving to the pulse of the year, and pressing on and pausing the whole to its own inherent rhythms. - Henry Beston

A garden really lives only insofar as it is an expression of faith, the embodiment of a hope and a song of praise. - Russell Page

A garden requires patient labour and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfil good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. - Liberty Hyde Bailey

A garden that one makes oneself, becomes associated with one's personal history and that of one's friends, interwoven with one's tastes, preferences, and character, and constitutes a sort of unwritten, but withal manifest autobiography. - Alfred Austin

A good garden may have some weeds. - Thomas Fuller

A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library. - Henri Frederic Amiel

Any garden demands as much of its maker as he has to give. But I do not need to tell you, if you are a gardener, that no other undertaking will give as great a return for the amount of effort put into it. - Elizabeth Lawrence 

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. - May Sarton

E'vn in the stifling bosom of the town, A garden, in which nothing thrives, has charms That soothes the rich possessor; much consol'd, That here and there some sprigs of mournful mint, Or nightshade, or valerian, grace the well He cultivates. - William Cowper

Garden: One of a vast number of free outdoor restaurants operated by charity-minded amateurs in an effort to provide healthful, balanced meals for insects, birds and animals. - Henry Beard and Roy McKie

Gardening is a labour full of tranquillity and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity. - John Evelyn

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. - Author Unknown

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. - Lindley Karstens

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe. - Thomas Berry

Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience. - Marina Schinz

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas – working with nature provides the technique. - Elizabeth Murray 

Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration. - Lou Erickson

However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well-being for as long as you continue to wander the garden path. - Norman H. Hansen

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. - David Hobson

I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. - Unknown 

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. - Unknown

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe there are fairies at the bottom of it too? - Douglas Adams

It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. - James Douglas

It’s been proven by quite a few studies that plants are good for our psychological development. If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down. Torture victims begin to recover when they spend time outside in a garden with flowers. So, we need them, in some deep psychological sense, which I don’t suppose anybody really understands yet. - Jane Goodall

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. - Karel Capek

Man was not made to rust out in idleness. A degree of exercise is as necessary for the preservation of health, both of body and mind, as his daily food. And what exercise is more fitting, or more appropriate of one who is in the decline of life, than that of superintending a well-ordered garden? What more enlivens the sinking mind? What is more conducive to a long life? - Joseph Breck

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. - H. Fred Ale

Now the gardener is the one who has seen everything ruined so many times that (even as his pain increases with each loss) he comprehends – truly knows – that where there was a garden once, it can be again, or where there never was, there yet can be a garden. - Henry Mitchell

Of all the ingredients we employ in the creation of a garden, scent is probably the most potent and the least understood. Its effects can be either direct and immediate, drowning our senses in a surge of sugary vapor, or they can be subtle and delayed, slowly wafting into our consciousness, stirring our emotions and coloring our thoughts. - Stephen Lacey

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners. - Shakespeare

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. - Veronica A. Shoffstall

Scent is the most potent and bewitching substance in the gardener's repertory and yet it is the most neglected and least understood. The faintest waft is sometimes enough to induce feelings of hunger or anticipation, or to transport you back through time and space to a long-forgotten moment in your childhood. It can overwhelm you in an instant or simply tease you, creeping into your consciousness slowly and evaporating almost the moment it it detected. Each fragrance, whether sweet or spicy, light or heavy, comes upon you in its own way and evokes its own emotional response. - Stephen Lacey

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. - Alfred Austin

The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters. - May Sarton

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. - Alfred Austin

The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman. He modifies the climate around his home. - John R. Whiting

The less help you have in a garden the more yours it is. - Nikki

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. - Gertrude Jeky

The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world. - Vita Sackville-West

The longer you garden the better the eye gets, the more tuned to how colors vibrate in different ways and what they can do to each other. You become a scientist as well as an artist, with the lines between increasingly blurred. - Marjorie Harris

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. - Mirabel Osler

There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies? - Richard Dawkins

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. - Audrey Hepburn

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. - Marcelene Cox

Whatever else seems pleasant at first apprehension, at length becomes dull by too long acquaintance. But the pleasures of a garden are every day renewed. A garden is the only complete delight the world affords, ever complying with our various and mutable Minds. - Unknown

When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden. - Minnie Aumonier