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Quotations about Weeds
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. ~Doug Larson
A man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season. ~Author Unknown
Criticizing another's garden doesn't keep the weeds out of your own. ~Author Unknown
Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don't get around
Like the dandelions do.
One is tempted to say that the most human plants, after all, are the weeds. ~John Burroughs, Pepacton, 1881
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
U Pick 'Em
Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone. ~Author Unknown
Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be. Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative's latest example of unreasonableness. ~Christopher Lloyd, The Well-Tempered Garden, 1973
A blushing little Mayflower
Turned away her head,
Too polite to let a weed
Hear a word she said.
~Adelbert Farrington Caldwell (1867–1931), "A Wise Waiting"
A good garden may have some weeds. ~Thomas Fuller
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author unknown
Is there really evil in their hearts
or are they simply feisty seeds —
ambitious verdant darts,
proliferous garden art?
~Terri Guillemets, "Fertilize & philosophize," 2004
Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste. ~William Shakespeare
A man of words and not of deeds
Is like a garden full of weeds
And when the weeds begin to grow
It's like a garden full of snow...
~John Fletcher, part of a nursery rhyme (Thanks, Paul!)
I, however, believe in the intellectual, if not the moral, qualities of vegetables, and especially weeds.... have hateful moral qualities. To cut down a weed is, therefore, to do a moral action. I feel as if I were destroying sin. My hoe becomes an instrument of retributive justice. I am an apostle of Nature. The view of the matter lends a dignity to the art of hoeing which nothing else does, and lifts it into the region of ethics. Hoeing becomes, not a pastime, but a duty. And you get to regard it so, as the days and the weeds lengthen. ~Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, "What I Know about Gardening: Third Week," 1870
Weed 'em and reap. ~Author unknown
Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds. ~Author unknown
Don't water your weeds. ~Proverb
When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles. ~Horace Walpole, letter to the Countess of Ailesbury, 1779 July 10th
Weeds are pulled up by the roots to clear the fields for the growing grain. Why should not mental weeds be pulled up by the roots also, and the mind cleared for growth? ~Horace Fletcher, Menticulture, 1895
We must weed our own minds as we would weed our gardens — of overgrown fears, strangling emotions, noxious thoughts, leeching habits, and poisonous beliefs. ~Terri Guillemets
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878
A man's nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other. ~Francis Bacon
Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds. ~Leonardo da Vinci
Some weeds are nourishing, and some medicinal;
Praise be, earth! —ღ
Some are beautiful, colorful, and downright flowery;
Praise be, earth! —ღ
And yet others, even those that pop up one fine morning
as the tiniest innocent young sprouts of green—
are relentless, run riot, and are one hundred and ten percent determined as @#!% to @#!% up your @#!% yard if it @#!% kills the @#!% both of you!
~Terri Guillemets, "Desert weeds after heavy rains," 2019
for sharing some of these great quotes!