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"Poet: gardener of epitaphs." - Octavio Paz

"One becomes a gardener by becoming a gardener." - Allen Lacy

"I work like a gardener." - Joan Miro

"I am a gardener of infinite time." - Toru Takemitsu

"Be both the gardener and the rose." - Anonymous

"The gardener gives us roses, not gardeners." - Harry Hooton

"Where there's no gardener, there's no garden." - Stephen Covey

"...teeth set out by a landscape gardener..." - Addison Mizner

"The Gardener does not create the Garden. The Garden creates the Gardener." - Alan Chadwick

"Still, no gardener would be a gardener if he did not live in hope." - Vita Sackville-West

"The true gardener, like an artist, is never satisfied." - H. E. Bates

"Nature soon takes over if the gardener is absent." - Penelope Hobhouse

"I'm not really a career person; I'm a gardener, basically." - John Lennon

"If there is no gardener there is no garden." - Stephen Covey

"She is fond of greens who kisses the gardener." - Anonymous

"A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener." - Proverbs

"He was like a common gardener walking with a rose." - Oscar Wilde

"I like to think of myself as a natural gardener." - Clive Anderson

"A good gardener looks at every plant every day." - Alan Chadwick

"The very best relationship has a gardener and a flower. The gardener nurtures and the flower blooms." - Carole Radziwill

"The gardener does not make a plant grow. The job of a gardener is to create optimal conditions for growth" - Ken Robinson

"It is not the gardener that makes the garden. It is the garden that makes the gardener." - Alan Chadwick

"But though an old man, I am but a young gardener." - Thomas Jefferson

"In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener." - Robert Rodale

"An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up." - Leslie Hall

"That good gardener, who wept thorns plowing his fields - harvests grace with joy." - Aberjhani

"Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit - and man is his own gardener." - James Allen

"The gardener uses both roses in the flowerbed and thorns in making fences." - Hazrat Inayat Khan

"Like a gardener I believe what goes down must come up." - Lynwood L. Giacomini

"Of the seven deadly sins, surely it is pride that most commonly afflicts the gardener." - Michael Pollan

"In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy." - Robert Breault

"One of the most important things a gardener does is look. The rewards are immeasurable." - Elsa Bakalar

"A garden in winter is the absolute test of the true gardener." - Rosemary Verey

"In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy." - Robert Brault

"Fingers now scented with sage and rosemary, a kneeling gardener is lost in savory memories." - Dr. SunWolf

"The gardener Adam and his wife Smile at the claims of long descent." - Alfred Tennyson

"Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art." - Louisa May Alcott

"If you don't look like Rupert Graves or Hugh Grant, they'll have you playing the gardener." - Jared Harris

"You need a good gardener and a good fisherman. The cook is not required." - Alain Ducasse

"The average gardener probably knows little about what is going on in his or her garden." - Ken Thompson

"Where would the gardener be if there were no more weeds?" - Bill Vaughan

"A wise man in China asked his gardener to plant a shrub. The gardener objected that it only flowered once in a hundred years. "In that case," said the wise man, "plant it immediately." [On the importance of fundamental research.]" - John Charles Polanyi

"Neither a garden nor a gardener can be made in one year, nor in one generation even." - Mabel Osgood Wright

"Ponder the fact that God has made you a gardener, to root out vice and plant virtue." - St. Catherine of Siena

"It is only to the gardener that time is a friend, giving each year more than he steals." - Beverley Nichols

"There are several ways to lay out a little garden; the best way is to get a gardener." - Karel Capek

"If you're a gardener you don't need a gym. You're always carrying large sacks of manure all over." - Michael Caine

"If a garden is well maintained and neatly landscaped, there must be a dedicated and efficient gardener." - Mr. Lee

"As a gardener, I'm among those who believe that much of the evidence of God's existence has been planted." - Robert Breault

"There is always something else to do. A gardener should have nine times as many lives as a cat." - Vita Sackville-West

"I love decorating my home. I'm a gardener too, so that's usually something I have to play catch up with" - Suzy Bogguss

"You can put a gardener behind the wheel, but you can't keep her eyes off the landscape." - Janet Macunovich

"As a gardener, I wonder if flowers really can't speak or just exercise unfailing good judgment in the matter." - Robert Breault

"People who are close to God cultivate a personal intimacy with Him like a good gardener cultivates beautiful flowers." - Charles R Swindoll

"Gardener, for telling me these news of woe, pray God the plants thou graft'st may never grow." - William Shakespeare

"As a gardener, I'm among those who believe that much of the evidence of God's existence has been planted." - Robert Brault

"We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is - if you ain't a gardener, you ain't gangsta." - Ron Finley

"As is the garden such is the gardener. A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds." - Francis Bacon

"And I wove the thing to a random rhyme, For the Rose is Beauty, the Gardener, Time." - Henry Austin Dobson

"The gardener cultivates wildness, but he does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery." - Michael Pollan

"The gardener had a dread of small women; he'd always imagined them to have an anger disproportionate to their size." - John Irving

"I have always wanted to be a gardener, and I love the time I spend in my garden." - Pawan Kalyan

"A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life." - James Allen

"A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses." - Jean Cocteau

"I am very happy in second-hand bookshops; would a gardener not be happy in a garden?" - Hilary Mantel

"I love decorating my home. I'm a gardener too, so that's usually something I have to play catch up with." - Suzy Bogguss

"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards." - Thalassa Cruso

"At heart I am a librarian, a bird-watcher, a transcendentalist, a gardener, a spinster, a monk." - Juliana Hatfield

"I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit." - Reginald Farrer

"I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit." - Reginald Farrer

"Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn't intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and some day, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, 'Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down, for caring enough about me to hurt me. Thank you, Mr. Gardener.'" - Hugh B. Brown

"Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I did' intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and some day, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, "Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down, for caring enough about me to hurt me. Thank you, Mr. Gardener."" - Hugh B. Brown

"I've always been interested in plants because I'm a gardener, so I have a basic understanding of botany and things like that, but it's all self-taught." - Michael Pollan

"From yon blue heaven above us bent, The grand old gardener and his wife Smile at the claims of long descent." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"As any gardener will tell you, the cycles of nature require patience...Even a fast-growing vegetable like a radish requires time." - M. J. Ryan

"So what he supposed to do? Grab Bobbie's ax and make like Jack Nicholson in The Shinning? He could see it. Smash, crash, bash: Heeeeeeere's GARDENER!" - Stephen King

"Adam was a gardener, and God, who made him, sees that half of all good gardening is done upon the knees." - Rudyard Kipling

"Find the most delicate qualities within; then treat these qualities as tiny little seeds that you would plant in your heart, with you being the gardener." - John de Ruiter

"For most of that time, I've also been a keen gardener, but for many years I failed to make the connection between gardening and science." - Ken Thompson

"Sculptors, poets, painters, musicians-they're the traditional purveyors of Beauty. But it can as easily be created by a gardener, a farmer, a plumber, a careworker." - Charles De Lint

"But you, oh gardener, poet that you be / Though unaware, now use your seeds like words / And make them lilt with color nicely flung ..." - Vita Sackville-West

"Ineffective or weak brain connections are pruned in much the same way a gardener would prune a tree or bush, giving the plant a desired shape," - Alison Gopnik

"The real wealth of a good gardener is not his salary but the marvellous flowers he is raising in the garden!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Only years of practice will teach you the mysteries and bold certainty of a real gardener, who treads at random, yet tramples on nothing." - Karel Capek

"I could never teach people to be philosophers - and if I did, you could never make a gardener out of them." - Bill Mollison

"People question me coming through the American frontier these days. They ask, "What's your occupation?" I say, "I'm just a simple gardener." And that is deeply seditious." - Bill Mollison

"Jesus said, "My Father is the gardener...He trims and cleans every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit"." - Max Lucado

"My main ambition as a gardener is to water my orange trees with gin, then all I have to do is squeeze the juice into a glass." - W C Fields

"From yon blue heaven above us bent, The grand old gardener and his wife Smile at the claims of long descent." - Alfred Tennyson

"Just because you've only got houseplants doesn't mean you don't have the gardening spirit - I look upon myself as an indoor gardener." - Sara Moss-Wolfe

"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer." - Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

"It's a point of pride that no one would treat me any differently because I'm an actor than if I was a gardener." - Mark Ruffalo

"The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener." - George Balanchine

"I think one of my very favorite films of all time was with Peter Sellers when he played Chauncey, the gardener. Being There." - Blythe Danner

"My agent tells me I am drawing the largest salary ever paid in the halls of England. Wonderful, isn't it? for a quiet, rural gardener like myself." - Lillie Langtry

"We're like a gardener with a hose and our attention is water - we can water flowers or we can water weeds." - Josh Radnor

"What made me want to go into doing comics was I was working as a laborer with my father, a gardener." - Dan Decarlo

"In spite of unseasonable wind, snow and unexpected weather of all sorts - a gardener still plants. And tends what they have planted ... believing that Spring will come." - Mary Anne Radmacher

"The gardener knows how to turn garbage into compost. Therefore our anger, sadness, and fear is the best compost for our compassion." - Kayla Mueller

"I once read that in any good marriage, one partner is the gardener and the other is the garden. We take it in turns to be either." - Meryl Streep

"As for money - when I have it, it's great. When I don't, I go get some. I've been a dishwasher, a gardener, a cleaner." - Gil Scott-Heron

"As for money - when I have it, it's great. When I don't, I go get some. I've been a dishwasher, a gardener, a cleaner." - Gil Scottheron

"I never meant to be a full-time poet: I started out as a gardener, an ideal job for a poet because your head is left free." - Alice Oswald

"I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener, and it's in the blood." - Terry Pratchett

"You take souls for vegetables.... The gardener can decide what will become of his carrots but no one can choose the good of others for them." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"I'd be dong something creative - something I could express my personality through. I enjoyed working as a gardener before music consumed more of my time. I would probably be still working as a gardener, perhaps, and I wouldn't mind doing odd jobs on the side that were creative, but I'm not sure what they'd be." - Vance Joy

"The farmer and the gardener are both busy, the gardener perhaps the more excitable of the two, for he is more of the amateur, concerned with the creation of beauty rather than with the providing of food. Gardening is a luxury occupation; an ornament, not a necessity, of life." - Vita Sackville-West

"The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!" - John F Kennedy

"My kind of composing is more like the work of a gardener. The gardener takes his seeds and scatters them, knowing what he is planting but not quite what will grow where and when - and he won't necessarily be able to reproduce it again afterwards either." - Brian Eno

"As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscellaneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What would become of the garden if the gardener treated all the weeds and slugs and birds and trespassers as he would like to be treated, if he were in their place?" - Thomas Huxley

"The one small garden of a free gardener was all his need and due, not a garden swollen to a realm; his own hands to use, not the hands of others to command." - J R R Tolkien

"I try to write in the first person - the first person not of a journalist but of a carnivore, an eater, a gardener, someone trying to figure out what to feed his family." - Michael Pollan

"I very much consider the Internet a garden, and I'm a gardener, and I plant things in it and I work within the framework of the soil, the seasons, the climate, and the temperature, to produce plants." - Mark Pesce

"Lyda was an exuberant, even a dramatic gardener.... She was always holding up a lettuce or a bunch of radishes with an air of resolute courage, as though she had shot them herself." - Renata Adler

"The world is a garden of philosophy. God is its gardener; Man is the visitor. And any tree that does not bear fruits of philosophy either does not belong to that garden or is yet to be grown." - Kedar Joshi

"She pushed the gardener away and called for them. In her sleep she had seen love. It was poisoning. It was possessing. Devouring. Or it was seven pairs of boots climbing up the stairs to find her." - Francesca Lia Block

"Religion acts as a moral gardener, to weed out, or suppress, evil tendencies, which, like weeds and nettles, would shoot up spontaneously in the wonderful compost of the garden, if unwatched." - Henry Morton Stanley

"I never nursed a dear Gazelle to glad me with its soft black eye, but when it came to know me well, and love me, it was sure to marry a market-gardener." - Charles Dickens

"Death used to be an executioner, but the resurrection of Christ makes him nothing but a gardener. When he tries to bury you, he's really planting you, and you're going to come up better than before." - George Herbert

"This gardener will be out in the very early morning and from late afternoon, attentive to small changes in the quality of light and the atmosphere, as well as to every nuance of the season, which combine to create perfection." - Susan Hill

"I don't have a gardener because I enjoy pulling weeds. It's hard to explain but there is something fulfilling about pulling out a weed and knowing that you got all the roots." - Justin Hartley

"The gardener plants trees, not one berry of which he will ever see: and shall not a public man plant laws, institutions, government, in short, under the same conditions?" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"After his death the gardener does not become a butterfly, intoxicated by the perfumes of the flowers, but a garden worm tasting all the dark, nitrogenous, and spicy delights of the soil." - Karel Capek

"Sooner or later every gardener must face the fact that certain things are going to die on him. It is a temptation to be anthropomorphic about plants, to suspect that they do it to annoy." - Eleanor Perenyi

"Whoever has not learned to let Nature have her way is not fit for a gardener, or, for that matter, for a contented soul. A garden makes all our senses swim with pleasure." - William Lawson

"The best gardener is a baby killer. Baby insects are much easier to kill than adults, and haven't yet developed the big mouths and voracious appetite of the adolescent." - Janet Macunovich

"For the best building and planting...the architect and gardener must have some knowledge of each other's business, and each must regard with feelings of kindly reverence the unknown domains of the other's higher knowledge." - Gertrude Jekyll

"Silly gardeners! We buy pretty, comfortable benches and position them oh so carefully. But does the gardener ever sit? No! We perch momentarily and then jump up to do that next thing we see." - Janet Macunovich

"Gardening is an excellent example of a practice to which, as Alasdair MacIntyre puts it, certain virtues are 'internal'. Good gardening requires a certain goodness on the part of the gardener: care, humility, patience, and respect, for example." - David E. Cooper

"Most people who possess anything like an acre, or half of it, contribute weekly to the support of a gentleman known as Jobbing Gardener. You are warned of the danger that he may prove to be Garden Pest no 1." - C.E. Lucas-Phillips

"He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop But now it all looks strange, it's funny how one insect Can damage so much grain." - Elton John

"It is only the amateur [gardener] like myself who becomes obsessed and rejoices with a sadistic pleasure in weeds that are big and bad enough to pull, and at last, almost forgetting the flowers altogether, turns into a Reformer." - Freya Stark

"There is nothing like the first hot days of spring when the gardener stops wondering if it's too soon to plant the dahlias and starts wondering if it's too late." - Henry Mitchell

"Of course we've been fighting against stereotypes from Day One at East West. That's the reason we formed: to combat that, and to show we are capable of more than just fulfilling the stereotypes - waiter, laundryman, gardener, martial artist, villain." - Mako

"What would surprise a lot of people about me... I'm a gardener! I have a green thumb. I really like to get into the shrubs, the bushes, and really cultivate." - Jeffrey Donovan

"I don't have a gardener, because I enjoy pulling weeds. It's hard to explain, but there is something fulfilling about pulling out a weed and knowing that you got all the roots." - Justin Hartley

"I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite." - Bertrand Russell

"Today I am sure no one needs to be told that the more birds a yard can support, the fewer insects there will be to trouble the gardener the following year." - Thalassa Cruso

"My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too." - Jack Welch

"I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channelling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener." - Ben Stiller

"It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime." - Ray Bradbury

"In its [knowledge's] light, we must think and act not only for the moment but for our time. I am reminded of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon." - John F Kennedy

"There is nothing like the first hot days of spring when the gardener stops wondering if it's too soon to plant the dahlias and starts wondering if it's too late. Even the most beautiful weather will not allay the gardener's notion (well-founded actually) that he is somehow too late, too soon, or that he has too much stuff going on or not enough. For the garden is the stage on which the gardener exults and agonizes out every crest and chasm of the heart." - Henry Mitchell

"I do think it's smart to see a marriage as "a garden and a gardener who constantly swap roles." You really have to switch from one to another. Being the gardener would be the more active role in the situation. Being a garden would be more passive. You've got to be both the one who gets help and the one that's helping. That's the circulation in a couple. You should switch from one position to another. I think it's good to be always aware that love can fade. There's something I really like about that sentence. It's as if love should be seen as work...because it is." - Carla Bruni

"Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees That half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees, So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray For the Glory of the Garden, that it may not pass away!" - Rudyard Kipling

"The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming, whose hands reach into the ground and sprout, to him the soil is a divine drug. He enters into death yearly, and comes back rejoicing. He has seen the light lie down in the dung heap, and rise again in the corn." - Wendell Berry

"By the time one is eighty, it is said, there is no longer a tug of war in the garden with the May flowers hauling like mad against the claims of the other months. All is at last in balance and all is serene. The gardener is usually dead, of course." - Henry Mitchell

"As a good gardener prepares the soil, so a wise leader creates an environment that promotes community. ... community involves a common place, a common time, and a common purpose. Just getting people in the same place at the same time does not produce a team. Community requires a common vision." - Diane Dreher

"Just as a gardener must tend his or her plot, keeping out the weeds, you must tend the garden of your mind, weeding out the thoughts of lack, limitation, and negativity. You must nurture and tend the thoughts of happiness, success, and purpose." - Randy Gage



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