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"Going beyond one's backyard grants one perspective." - Sara Genn

"I poop in the backyard... I wear disposable diapers." - David Duchovny

"Why so scrawny, cat? Starving for fat fish or mice... Or backyard love?" - Matsuo Basho

"Camping in the backyard last night for Father's Day! Wrestling, stories, s'mores...it was awesome!" - Drew Brees

"I'll fight somebody in my backyard for free, just to see if I'm better than him." - Chuck Liddell

"My backyard was replete with madness, it just grew indigenously in South Florida." - Karen Russell

"There is nothing quite so delightfully mysterious as a secret in your own backyard." - Patrick Rothfuss

"I put Algernon's body in a cheese box and buried him in the backyard. I cried." - Daniel Keyes

"Nature poets can't walk across the backyard without tripping over an epiphany." - Christian Wiman

"That optimist of yours is always ready to turn hell's backyard into a play-ground." - Mark Twain

"The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard." - John Tukey

"The world of your photography is limitless-just like your backyard." - Nick Kelsh

"Anytime a person has Disney World in their backyard, you know they're thinking big." - Rodney Jerkins

"Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me." - Conan O'Brien

"Baseball is fathers and sons. Football is brothers beating each other up in the backyard." - Donald Hall

"My challenge was even greater as a journalist, because this was happening in my own backyard." - Paula Zahn

"I grew up playing music and enjoying good food, friends and family in my own backyard." - Rodney Atkins

"I skied on Astroturf and PVC pipe on the slope in my backyard." - Nick Goepper

"Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard." - Colin Powell

"I wouldn't support Limp Bizkit being on some snuff backyard brawling, fighting contest." - Fred Durst

"I have a garden in my backyard that's completely organic, which I'm very proud of." - Ariana Grande

"When you go into the other guy's backyard you cannot hope to win on points." - Lennox Lewis

"The really best acting is children in a playground or in a backyard. They're just lost in their imagination. The backyard isn't a pirate ship or a jungle, in the same way that the soundstage isn't Shambala." - Nolan North

"When the homebrewers stop entering the profession, and the backyard breweries are squeezed out, then it will become stagnant." - Greg Noonan

"At the Mirage Sportsbook, you can get a line on 2 kid playing wiffleball in the backyard in Minnesota" - Artie Lange

"If you [c]annot find your [h]eart's desire in your own backyard, you never lost it to begin with" - Tony Kushner

"Don't go to summer camp. Bury your parents in the backyard and have the place to yourself." - Henry Rollins

"Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds." - Jean Burden

"I'm out there having as good a time as I did in the backyard since I was five-years-old." - Philip Rivers

"Outside, a gusty October breeze was combing leaves from the trees and sending them across her backyard in colorful skitters." - Stephen King

"I want to build a studio in my backyard. The interest rates are low now, so who knows" - Paul Taylor

"I want to build a studio in my backyard. The interest rates are low now, so who knows." - Paul Taylor

"I was a part of Backyard Soccer, and I hear that I score a lot of goals in it." - Brandi Chastain

"At my home in the southwest of France, I grow oak, hazel, and lemon trees in my backyard." - Alain Ducasse

"'Time' is an internationalist publication catering to internationalist readers who are not only interested in their own backyard." - Bobby Ghosh

"I'm no Jerry Seinfeld. I wasn't raised with some backyard with a creek and trees and all that." - Tracy Morgan

"My parents moved to Florida when I was 12, and my backyard was the Gulf of Mexico." - Sylvia Earle

"I feel a responsibility to my backyard. I want it to be taken care of and protected." - Annie Leibovitz

"The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers." - Walter Chrysler

"Goodness is not in the backyard of the individual nor in the open field of the collective; goodness flowers only in freedom from both." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone's home and backyard." - Vera Nazarian

"We must go out into a desert of some kind (your backyard will do) and come into a personal experience of the awesome love of God." - Brennan Manning

"And still she felt more confident at the prospect of taking on the Russian Mafia than she did attending a backyard barbecue." - Nora Roberts

"I don't even have children, it's just been an excuse to play jenga and hit softballs in my backyard with a box of laundry detergant wearing baby clothes." - Thom Yorke

"You can journey to the ends of the earth in search of success, but if you're lucky, you will discover happiness in your own backyard." - Russell Conwell

"Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them." - Russell Conwell

"The Australian backyard was once built for tradesmen and outdoor toilets. As suburbs spread, it became a playground and source of pride..." - Pete Munro

"My dad never pushed me but the big thing is that he helped me by going out in the backyard and playing with me." - Bart Starr

"All I'd have to do then was roll with the consequences of inviting dewinged, fanged fairies into Trent's backyard. God, they were savage looking. Served him right." - Kim Harrison

"You can journey to the ends of the earth in search of success, but if you're lucky, you will discover happiness in your own backyard." - Russell Conwell

"If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up - from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill." - Charles Colson

"I instantly connected with the sport and I have fond memories of growing up on my skating rink that my dad made for us in our backyard." - P. K. Subban

"I have said my philosophy - I'm a backyard philosopher, I guess - is that the dirtiest word in the English language is "retirement."" - Frank Sinatra, Jr.

"Clean up your own backyard. Change by example. Just be the way you want others to be and hope they pay attention." - Larry Winget

"If you look at the statistics, people spend most of their time in the kitchen. Aside from the backyard, it's one of my favorite places to renovate." - Vanilla Ice

"In the photographs themselves there's a definite contrast between the figures and the location - I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors." - Helmut Newton

"We train very hard under windy conditions. I've actually walked a wire in my backyard with 90-mile-an-hour winds." - Nik Wallenda

"Movies have been my way to get out of my backyard. I'm trying to let people know that movies change people's lives." - Adam Beach

"I think 'Gasland' is the doorway for a lot of people to see something happening in their backyard and realize the national and global implications." - Josh Fox

"As a child, our house had a backyard lined with roses tended vigilantly by my mother. So the fragrance fills me with nostalgia for my youth." - Thelma Golden

"Things will be very bad for Latin America. You only have to consider the ambitions and the doctrines of the empire, which regards this region as its backyard." - Jose Saramago

"Data transmission is no longer something scary you don't want in your backyard. Now you want it directly in front of your house." - Douglas Coupland

"John Kennedy led us on a journey to discover the moon. Obama needs to lead us on a journey to rediscover, rebuild and reinvent our own backyard." - Thomas Friedman

"I had to learn how to chop wood actually - I don't think my dad would have let me go chop wood in the backyard growing up." - Jennifer Lawrence

"My studio is designed for atmosphere. I have a really cozy, comfortable room that has a great, huge glass door that views my backyard." - Geddy Lee

"It's not a good idea to always look for new frontiers, especially when you have opportunities in your existing businesses, in your own backyard." - Kumar Mangalam Birla

"The solar system should be viewed as our backyard, not as some sequence of destinations that we do one at a time." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"Donning a glove for a backyard toss, or watching a ball game, or just reflecting upon our baseball days, we are players again, forever young." - John Thorn

"Anyway, I'm sure the guy lives a million miles away." "Or he could live right in your backyard. You never know." I nodded, keeping a poker face, even though the idea of Sir Leo living in my backyard was extremely appealing." - Mari Mancusi

"There's something about sports. You can be setting fire to cats and burying them in your backyard, but as long as you're playing team sports, people think you're okay." - Polly Horvath

"Backyard barbecues are really just about getting together. It's all about making people come over, having a really good time, talking about their lives, and sharing some great recipes." - G. Garvin

"I come from a very sporty background because my mom is a gymnastics teacher. So growing up I was never sitting watching TV in the afternoons. I always played ball outside in the backyard." - Gal Gadot

"I was three years old. I was messing with my grandparents' dog in Las Vegas, and he decided to pick me up by my head and run around the backyard with me." - Brian Austin Green

"...the great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's backyard." - Abraham Maslow

"I was sitting outside in our backyard on a summer day, I was around six, and suddenly the whole world dissolved before my eyes and I found myself in a timeless world of light." - Frederick Lenz

"I wonder why no one called the police about the rocket launcher? God knows my neighbors usually report it if I so much as fart in my backyard. (Bubba)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"A Georgia peach, a real Georgia peach, a backyard great-grandmother's orchard peach, is as thickly furred as a sweater, and so fluent and sweet that once you bite through the flannel, it brings tears to your eyes." - Melissa Fay Greene

"We look in our own backyard and say, 'How do we help at-risk families, at risk youth? How do we think through some of the problems affecting the Pacific Northwest and make some change there?'" - Melinda Gates

"The dugout in the weeds or leaves beneath a backyard willow, the rivulet of a seasonal creek, even the ditch between the front yard and the road-all of these places are entire universes to a young child." - Richard Louv

"I started out in a kid's backyard playing touch football and I never abandoned the principle when I got to the pros: if they can't touch you, they can't tackle you." - Mercury Morris

"Once I saw my parents argue because we didn't have a lot of money anymore. So, I did what I had to do. I got my piggy bank and I went out to the backyard and buried it" - Jack Handey

"Right, I breast feed baby camels in my backyard just for the freaking fun of it. Just tell me where you live, Pinocchio, and save the baloney for lunch." - David Sedaris

"I started writing because I decided I was too old to play pretend in the backyard. Then I found that I could create those imaginary worlds on the page." - Veronica Roth

"Having a Southwest Green in my backyard is a huge advantage for me on tour. I am pleasantly surprised just how true the ball rolls and reacts to chip and pitch shots. I love my Southwest Green." - Jim Furyk

"She liked to imagine him stealing a glimpse of her over the backyard fence, proudly watching his strange daughter daydream under the beech tree. Blue was awfully fond of her father, considering she'd never met him." - Maggie Stiefvater

"I'd be in the backyard minding my own business. The other kids would call me names, like meatball head or neo-Calvinist. I'd run after them, but lucky for them the chain would snap my neck back..." - Emo Philips

"I started out in a kid's backyard playing touch football and I never abandoned the principle when I got to the pros: if they ca' touch you, they ca' tackle you." - Mercury Morris

"Pitching is pitching. I've been doing this since I was eight-years-old, playing in my backyard with my dad. The things that work in Double-A will also work in the majors." - Josh Beckett

"With Die Hard it was just something that I, you know, I grew up with those movies. I made a Die Hard movie with my friends in my backyard during high school. It was terrible." - Len Wiseman

"They say to just write about what's happening in your backyard because that's where you find the most creativity. It's in the DNA of the show. There's no question." - Mitchell Hurwitz

"My goal is not to shove information into your head. It's to find ways to reignite the curiosity that we all had as children for the natural world. You don't have to tell a child to explore the backyard." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"Generally speaking in America, a lot of environmentally problematic facilities tend to be located in places where poor folks live because wealthier folks have the ability to say, "not in my backyard."" - Barack Obama

"I think we are all of the same opinion that "wherever you go, there you are," and if you are constantly searching for paradise outside of yourself, you will miss what is in your own backyard." - Will Kimbrough

"The sarin gas is a very primitive gas. You can have it done in the backyard of a house ; it's a very primitive gas. So, it's not something complicated." - Bashar al-Assad

"He wore the unmistakable look of a man about to be present at a row between women, and only a wet cat in a strange backyard bears itself with less jauntiness than a man faced by such a prospect." - P G Wodehouse

"It was, you know, probably 80 degrees out in L.A., and my dad took me outside and there was snow. At the time, I thought, 'Every kid doesn't have snow in their backyard on Christmas?" - Tori Spelling

"Chaplin you got to go with. Chaplin is a man whose talents is such that you have to gamble. First off, comedy is his backyard. He's a genius, a cinematic genius. A comedic talent without peer." - Marlon Brando

"You can't always get out on the mountain, so I'll put rubber on the end of my ice tools and climb the tread wall, a rotating rock wall I have in my backyard." - Erik Weihenmayer

"Huskies get in trouble. Huskies are well-known to be escape artists. Why? Because they were bred to go long-distance. They're not bred to be in the backyard and just look beautiful because they have blue eyes." - Cesar Millan

"My biggest fear is that a paparazzi or someone ... is going to come in my backyard and see me when I get in my pool. That would be very unfortunate." - Viola Davis

"If he became convinced tomorrow that coming out for cannibalism would get him the votes he so sorely needs, he would begin fattening a missionary on the White House backyard come Wednesday." - H L Mencken

"There is no city or country in the world where women and girls live free of the fear of violence. No leader can claim: 'this is not happening in my backyard.'" - Michelle Bachelet

"Sometimes I think my past life was unrealized. I met a tragic end - it might have been a car over a cliff. But it's true, I came from another time and place, and landed in Paris Hilton's backyard." - Christine Ebersole

"Now I'll give you some advice, since you been asking for it. Happiness is like them plants you been yapping about. Sometimes it's growing right in your own backyard and you don't even know it." - Cathie Pelletier

"Like environmentalists, politicians generally privilege flora and fauna over folks. (NIMBYs excepted. Senator Edward Kennedy is a not-in-my-backyard environmentalist: he opposes wind farms in Nantucket Sound, offshore from his Hyannis Port compound." - Ilana Mercer

"My happiest childhood memories are of times in our backyard. My mother had an old clothesline that hung out in front. It seemed like it stretched a mile long, and I loved sitting in the sun while she hung clothes." - Traci Lords

"We have enough to worry about with what's happening in our nation to worry about what's happening in California. Keep your feet grounded in your own backyard and together we're going to build communities that work." - Sher Valenzuela

"In Canada, you can't even have a barbecue in your backyard without being attacked by a moose or even a grizzly bear. Then again, the grizzlies don't beat anyone here in Vancouver; oh, it's true, it's true." - Kurt Angle

"I'd love to paint our roof white - it's so hot down here in Texas! - and I'd love to have a rainwater collection system to save rain runoff for later. I also love to fantasize about keeping chickens in the backyard." - Katherine Center

"There are a lot of books about the passing of the English aristocracy, but the vast majority of Long Islanders don't understand their own backyard. It's a private preserve." - Nelson Demille

"I'm sort of an old man, always tinkering in the backyard. Since I grew up playing outdoors, I still like to plant things, sit out on the deck, or go hiking." - Josh Duhamel

"I burned down my backyard as a seven-year-old. I poured kerosene over dried leaves and set the whole place on fire, just for fun. Yeah, not a very normal thing to do." - Emraan Hashmi

"I got my first tennis racket on my seventh birthday. And because we had a tennis court in our backyard, I played every day. By ten I was playing competitively." - Tullian Tchividjian

"I'm drawn to women who live in a world different from my own. I don't believe you have to marry someone from your own backyard. James Joyce married a woman who never read any of his books." - Matt Dillon

"I was digging in the backyard to get my own clay and making pottery. And then I started taking pictures and built my own darkroom. I would go out at six in the morning and just take pictures." - Steven Klein

"I come from where Mike Tyson came from. I come from right across the street from Jay-Z. I didn't have a pond in my backyard. I saw violence." - Tracy Morgan

"In the Church, when we talk about 'the world', we often create an us and them situation and end up planting the seeds of all that we feel wrong with the world in the soil of our own backyard." - Steve Scott

"I once met a man who said he had visited every exotic place from the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall, but when I questioned him closely I discovered he hadn't seen the songbirds in his own backyard." - Richard Bode

"I'm singing 'English Tea' from my new album 'Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.' I have a cup of tea in the morning, so it's something good to wake up to." - Paul Mccartney

"How many people have a family grave in the backyard? I'm sure I'll end up there, or I'll shrink my head and put it in a glass box in the living room. I'll get more tourists to Graceland that way." - Lisa Marie Presley

"I always dreamed when I was a little girl interested in animals that I would go live in Africa. Then I found out that you can look in your backyard, and you can do your own safari." - Isabella Rossellini

"During the Depression, my dad made radios to sell to make extra money. Nobody had any money to buy the radios, so he would trade them for dogs. He built kennels in the backyard, and he cared for the dogs." - Betty White

"I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock and sit in silence and kind of meditate. Nature is calming, and it's nice to go out there and clear my head." - Devon Werkheiser

"It was, you know, probably 80 degrees out in L.A., and my dad took me outside and there was snow. At the time, I thought, 'Every kid doesn't have snow in their backyard on Christmas?'" - Tori Spelling

"I do not intend to dispute in any way the need for defence cuts and the need for government spending cuts in general. I do not share a not in my backyard approach to government spending reductions." - Stephen Harper

"We go to several farms and look at foraging, and throw backyard parties with friends. We want to let people know they can enjoy a sense of Tuscany anywhere." - Debi Mazar

"In Hanover Park they highlighted the terrible plight of backyard dwellers and the fact that year after year nothing has been done to help you: the hope and despair you all live with every day." - Mangosuthu Buthelezi

"I started out in a kid's backyard playing touch football and I never abandoned the principle when I got to the pros: if they can't touch you, they can't tackle you." - Mercury Morris

"Once a bustling logging town, Sandpoint has embraced its natural beauty to become an amazing resort town drawing people near and far to enjoy its beauty and recreational possibilities. It's truly a small town with a huge backyard." - Nate Holland

"It's very hard for Europe, the US and Russia to have much influence on the growing problems elsewhere in the world unless we have our own backyard in a more stable and cooperative atmosphere." - Sam Nunn

"I'm incredibly close to my family. I have two younger brothers, they're both artists and actors; and their work and the way they see the world inspires me. We've been making films together since we were kids, in our backyard." - Tatiana Maslany

"Vladimir Putin is a Russian czar. He's kind of a mix of Peter the Great and Stalin. He's got both in his veins. And he looks out first and foremost for the national security interests of Russia. He accepts that, in Eastern Europe, that is a Russian backyard, that is a Russian sphere of influence. Ukraine lives most uncomfortably and unhappily in a Russian backyard." - Marvin Kalb

"My parents were kind of over protective people. Me and my sister had to play in the backyard all the time. They bought us bikes for Christmas but wouldn't let us ride in the street, we had to ride in the backyard. Another Christmas, my dad got me a basketball hoop and put it in the middle of the lawn! You can't dribble on grass." - Jimmy Fallon

"When you see what goes on in Iraq on a daily basis - more people dying in car bombings - you almost brush it aside after a while. To actually comprehend the human tragedy of these events is overwhelming. We see so many images, but there's always the sense, for Americans, that it's not in our backyard. That's another reason why the war in Bosnia was so fascinating; because it really was in Europe's backyard. It was in Europe. And they didn't do anything about it for years. It took the Americans to end that war, really. That's a shame." - Richard Shepard

"The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard." - Joel Salatin

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss other people. Life's too short to worry about what other people do or don't do. Tend your own backyard, not theirs, because yours is the one you have to live in." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Alexander and I sat together on a backyard swing. "This is like a dream come true," Alexander said as we gently swung back and forth. "We can finally just focus on us now. Continue the traditional 'Boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, boy turns out to be a vampire' story." - Ellen Schreiber

"When I look out the window at my backyard, I can't think of anything interesting to ask. I mean, it's green, it's growing-but nothing occurs to me that any concentrated effort of thought could possibly enlighten. Whereas in economic, statistical, or mathematical kinds of things, I can think lots of questions." - Lawrence Summers

"Fences, unlike punishments, clearly mark out the perimeters of any specified territory. Young children learn where it is permissible to play, because their backyard fence plainly outlines the safe area. They learn about the invisible fence that surrounds the stove, and that Grandma has an invisible barrier around her cabinet of antique teacups." - Jeanne Elium

"I am open to the accusation that I see compost as an end it itself. But we do grow some real red damn tomatoes such as you can't get in the stores. And potatoes, beans, lettuce, collards, onions, squash, cauliflower, eggplant, carrots, peppers. Dirt in you own backyard, producing things you eat. Makes you wonder." - Roy Blount Jr

"Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the fuzz on a baby's ear. Read in the backyard with the sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness because if you do you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived." - Anna Quindlen

"There are massive stacks of bad choices in my backyard. Haven't finished cleaning the place up but I'm workin' on it and clearly I have not yet reached enlightenment for more than a fleeting moment but I'm tryin' and I found somethin' here I want ya to have. It's not much just a story but it's all I've got so take it." - Buddy Wakefield

"(The tree bend over. Suddenly, a hiss and a meow sounded an instant before two cats darted off across the backyard.) Look, Lanie, it's Mr. Tomcat come to save me from my celibacy. Oh, help me, Moon Mistress. Whatever am I to do with the attentions of such an unwanted suitor! Help me quick, before he kills me with my allergies. (Grace)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"They"ll have to eat first. And by the time they"re finished, you"ll be back." "With the condoms." "Right." "For the giant orgy you're convinced we"re about to have in the backyard." "Dory! Just go!" "I"ll go with," Ray said, getting up. "I need a snack." Which was how I ended up condom shopping with a vampire." - Karen Chance

"Chicken,' Josie said. 'Have you ever been in love?' Peter looked at Josie, and thought of how they had once tied a note with their addresses to a helium balloon and let it go in her backyard, certain it would reach Mars. Instead, they had received a letter from a widow who lived two blocks away. 'Yeah,' he said. 'I think so." - Jodi Picoult

"Life was not to be sitting in hot amorphic leisure in my backyard idly writing or not writing, as the spirit moved me. It was, instead, running madly, in a crowded schedule, in a squirrel cage of busy people. Working, living, dancing, dreaming, talking, kissing- singing, laughing, learning." - Sylvia Plath

"(The tree bend over. Suddenly, a hiss and a meow sounded an instant before two cats darted off across the backyard.) Look, Lanie, it's Mr. Tomcat come to save me from my celibacy. Oh, help me, Moon Mistress. Whatever am I to do with the attentions of such an unwanted suitor! Help me quick, before he kills me with my allergies. (Grace)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"He wanted to go running home to Mommy, what can I say? Of course, it's hard for me to believe that anyone would choose to step out of the FAYZ. I mean, where else do you get to eat rats, use your backyard for a toilet, and live in fear for nineteen different kinds of scary?" -Howard" - Michael Grant

"No matter where you are you can grow something to eat. Shift your thinking and you'd be surprised at the places your food can be grown! Window sill, fire escape and rooftop gardens have the same potential to provide impressive harvests as backyard gardens, greenhouses and community spaces." - Greg Peterson

"My parents were kind of over protective people. Me and my sister had to play in the backyard all the time. They bought us bikes for Christmas but wouldn't My younger brother will remember that he received a transistor radio for Christmas. I took it apart and it never worked again." - Stephen Elop



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