94 Best Farm And Farming Quotes, Sayings And Phrases

Supriya Jain
Dec 12, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Jan 11, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Farming in its vital role as a food supplier is correctly known as one of the most dignified forms of employment, plus it's useful and conducive for good health.

“Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man,” quoted George Washington. It is indeed the groundwork of civilization.

You can live without new shoes and garments; can thrive without computers, and move without vehicles; however, you cannot live without food.

What does farming mean? Well, farming is the process of managing or working on the fields, planting seeds, and cultivating eatable plants.

Raising animals for milk or meat is also considered a part of farming. It is an incredible way to describe the methods and means of life and working of farmers. Cultivation or farming can be difficult work, as it requires a lot of hard work and responsibility.

After reading these famous farming quotes and farmer quotes, you may also look at our farm quotes and country quotes.

Best Farming Quotes And Motivational Farmer Quotes

On the note of how significant farming is, here we have collected some of the best farm and farming quotes, sayings and phrases for you to enjoy.

Senior farmer holding corn cobs in a farm

1. “Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”

- Daniel Webster.

2. “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower.

3. “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”

- Thomas Jefferson.

4. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

- Masanobu Fukuoka.

5. “Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health.”

- Paul Chatfield.

6. “Farming is a profession of hope.”

- Brian Brett.

7. “A reasonable agriculture would do its best to emulate nature. Rather than change the earth to suit a crop it would diversify its crops to suit the earth.”

- Verlyn Klinkenborg.

8. “If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest.”

- Douglas Jerrold.

9. “The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.”

- Arthur Keith.

10. “Agriculture engenders good sense, and a good sense of an excellent kind.”

- Joseph Joubert.

11. “The story of family farming underscores a legacy of sustainability.”

- Amanda Zaluckyj, ‘The Farmer’s Daughter The USA.’

12. “I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”

- George Washington.

13. “No race can prosper until it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”

- Booker T. Washington.

14. “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.

15. “The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.”

- Will Rogers.

16. “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.”

- B. C. Forbes.

17. “As long as there are a few farmers out there, we’ll keep fighting for them.”

- Willie Nelson.

18. “Do what you love to do, and be around things that make you smile.”

- David Jackson.

19. “We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.”

- Wendell Berry.

20. “I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

- Andy Warhol.

21. “There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.”

- Bill Bryson.

22. “The master’s eye is the best fertilizer.”

- Pliny The Elder.

23. “It feels good at the end of the day to know you made a product that other people are going to enjoy.”

- Jericho Sanchez.

24. “The farm is part of me.”

- Erich Wehrenberg.

25. “A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.”

– E.B. White.

Funny Farming Quotes Of The World

Food is a basic necessity and undoubtedly, the providers of this essential requirement are similarly as vital. Read on for some interesting farming quotes, farm sayings, and farm phrases.


26. “A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handyman with a sense of humus.”

- E.B. White.

27. “Agriculture is civilization.”

- E. Emmons.

28. “My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood because it was full of gladness and good humanity.”

- Roberto Benigni.

29. “I always wanted to be a farmer. There is a tradition of that in my family.”

- Bjork.

30. “If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?”

- Tom Barrett.

31. “Agrarian reform should not merely subdivide misery, it must raise living standards. Ownership raises the farmer from his, but productivity will keep him on his feet.”

- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

32. “I’ve always said I want a farmer, not a hunter. Hunters go for the kill and they move on. A farmer nurtures; he watches things grow.”

- Eva Longoria.

33. “My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner.”

- Lenny Kravitz.

34. “As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country.”

- William Howard Taft.

35. “The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”

- Wendell Berry.

36. “I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do.”

- Miguel Indurain.

37. “I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

- Andy Warhol.

38. “If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.”

- Walter Scott.

39. “Farmers only worry during the growing season, but townspeople worry all the time.”

- Edgar Watson Howe.

40. “We’re still here trying to get the word out that 330 farmers are quitting every week.”

- Willie Nelson.

41. “Agriculture was the first occupation of man, and as it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries.”

-  E.W. Stewart.

42. “An agricultural life is one eminently calculated for human happiness and human virtue.”

- C.L. Allen.

43. “The cows make me smile every day.”

- David Jackson.

44. “The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

45. “Our farmers deserve praise, not condemnation; and their efficiency should be cause for gratitude, not something for which they are penalized.”

- John F. Kennedy.

46. “In undertaking farming we undertake a responsibility covering the whole life cycle. We can break it or keep it whole.”

- Lord Northbourne.

47. “Agriculture for an honorable and high-minded man, is the best of all occupations and arts by which men procure the means of living.”

- Xenophone.

48. “Agriculture seems to be the first pursuit of civilized man.

It enables him to escape from the life of the savage, and wandering shepherd, into that of social man, gathered into fixed communities and surrounding himself with the comforts and blessings of neighborhood, country, and home.

It is agriculture alone, that fixes men in stationary dwellings, in villages, in towns, and cities, and enables the work of civilizations, in all its branches, to go on.”

- Edward Everett.

49. “Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.”

- William Jennings Bryan.

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50. “The corn is not choked by the weeds but by the negligence of the farmer.”

- Chinese Proverb.

51. “Agriculture is always going to be a top priority, everybody’s going to always need to eat and everybody’s going to always need some help with that so as long as you’re willing to put in the hours, there’s a job there for you.”

- Brady Blasher.

52. “Agricultural growth is a proven driver of poverty reduction. When agriculture stimulates growth...the growth is twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth based in other sectors.”

- Giza Mdoe.

53. “It will not be doubted that with reference either to individual or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance.”

- George Washington.

54. “Agriculture is at the core of the state.”

- Dave Cook.

55. “Cultivators are the most valuable citizens…they are tied to their country.”

-Thomas Jefferson.

56. “Agriculture is a fundamental source of national prosperity.”

-J. J Mapes.

57. “Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.”

- Samuel Johnson.

58. “Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.”

- Antoine De Saint-Exupéry.

59. “He who owns the soil, owns up to the sky.”

- Douglas Jerrold.

60. “Agriculture was the first occupation of man, and as it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries.”

- E. W. Stewart.

61. “Sustainable Agriculture does not deplete soils or people.”

- Wendell Berry.

62. “Agriculture is not farming it’s feeding.”

- Reddy Sai.

63. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson.

64. “Everything else can wait, agriculture can’t.”

- Norman Borlaug.

65. “Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can’t hurry the crop or make an ox in two days.”

- Henri Alain.

66. “Never underestimate a farmer.”

- Lance Conrad.

67. “Most things, except agriculture, can wait.”

- Jawaharlal Nehru.

68. “Weeding is as necessary to agriculture as sowing.

- Mahatma Gandhi.

69. “Every single thought is like a seed, it need to be sprouted with actions. A dormant seed would never become a giant tree!”

- Din

70. “Organic agriculture is more about fairness and respect than it is about parts-per-billion of pesticide residues.”

- Jim Hightower.

71. “The farmer hopes for rain, the walker hopes for sunshine, and the gods hesitate.”

- Chinese Proverb.

72. “Praise the ripe field, not the green corn.”

- Irish Proverb.

73. “He who does not cultivate his field will die of hunger.”

- Guinean Proverb.

74. “The more help in the cornfield the smaller the harvest.”

- Zimbabwean Proverb.

Famous Quotes About The Farming World

Though farming looks mighty easy, we only realize the truth when we walk in a farmer's shoes. Read on for some farming quotes and words along with farmer quotes that a good farmer and any man with a sense will enjoy.

75. “The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

76. “If the farmer is poor then so is the whole country.”

- Polish Proverb.

77. “Work improves the harvest better than the field itself.”

- Spanish Proverbs.

78. “There are only two ways to reach the truth — with literature and agriculture.”

- Chinese Proverb.

79. “You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”

- Irish Proverbs.

80. “The farmer is a born philosopher, the aristocrat has to learn how.”

- Polish Proverb.

81. “Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: Love.

They must do it for love. Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants.

They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable.

They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide.”

- Wendell Berry.

82. “‎A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end.

There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later. The threat the farm has got on you, the one that keeps you running from can until can’t, is this: do it now, or some living thing will wilt or suffer or die. Its blackmail, really.”

- Kristin Kimball.

83. “The corn is planted first, followed by beans, then squash between the rows. They are called the Three Sisters. They sustain each other, the earth, and us. But the Big Ones do not know that. They do not care for the earth, and its children, properly.”

- Elizabeth Haydon.

84. “A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud.”

- Amit Kalantri.

85. “Organic farming appealed to me because it involved searching for and discovering nature’s pathways, as opposed to the formulaic approach of chemical farming. The appeal of organic farming is boundless; this mountain has no top, this river has no end.”

- Eliot Coleman.

86. “Raw ingredients trump recipes every time; farmers and ranchers who coax the best from the earth can make any of us appear to be a great cook.”

- Judy Rodgers.

87. “The mundanity of those chores, the repetition, acts as a kind of meditation. I start each day with a series of numbers and questions written on a piece of paper, put them in my pocket and get on with the business of farming. By mid-morning the answers are clear.”

- Hannah Rothschild.

88. “We are all complicit, and farmer-bashing is not going to help. We need farmers, more than any other profession.

If lawyers, politicians, bankers, university academics or salesmen were to somehow disappear tomorrow, I think the world would muddle through pretty well. Some things might even get better. But if farmers were to vanish, most of us would be dead within a year.”

- Dave Goulson.

89. “Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start.”

- Edgar Watson Howe.

90. “Farming isn’t something that can be taught. Each plant tells its own story that has to be read repeatedly.”

- Kelsey Timmerman.

91. “Factory farming came about from a moral race to the bottom, with corporations vying against each other to produce more and bigger animals with less care at lower cost.

- Matthew Scully.

92. “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”

- Mahatma Gandhi.

93. “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

94. “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”

- Aldo Leopold.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for farming quotes, then why not take a look at our cowboy quotes or country girl quotes.

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Written by Supriya Jain

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

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Supriya JainBachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

As a skilled member of the Kidadl team, Shruti brings extensive experience and expertise in professional content writing. With a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA in Business Administration from IMT Nagpur, Shruti has worked in diverse roles such as sales intern, content writer, executive trainee, and business development consultant. Her exceptional writing skills cover a wide range of areas, including SOP, SEO, B2B/B2C, and academic content.

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