Ever notice how there do seem to be some truths that carry throughout generations and time; proving their validity and insights hold true even in modern times. Human nature doesn’t really change, even when we have an amazing digital world where we can access all knowledge with the click of the mouse. Don’t ask me why but a lot of this folksy wisdom comes through in ideas farmers like to tell each other. Maybe it’s because the whole cliche was from a time when a farmer needed to be very in tune with the complexity of nature in order to thrive in a farm setting.
1) The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. -Will Rogers
2) The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways. -John F. Kennedy
3) Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. -Dwight D. Eisenhower
4) The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
5) Sowing is not as difficult as reaping. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
6) The master’s eye is the best fertilizer. -Pliny the Elder
7) It is thus with farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work. -Cato the Elder
8) It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
9) Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
10) Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
10) Words that soak into your ears are whispered & not yelled.
11) Every path has a few puddles.
12) The best sermons are lived, not preached.
13) Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway
13) The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
14) Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
15) Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.