75 Farming Quotes to Celebrate Farmer and Life on Farms

If you’re looking for inspiring and motivating farm-related quotes that are both educational and entertaining, you’ve come to the perfect place.

Farming is a career that intertwines with many aspects of life, providing a rich tapestry of knowledge and ideas to draw upon.

We’ve compiled a list of of farming quotes that touch on many elements of this wonderful job in this collection.


The sources are diverse, including the wise words of common farmers tilling the ground, great writers deriving inspiration from rural scenery, distinguished presidents recognizing agriculture’s value, and many more.

These farming quotes illuminate the importance of farming, not just as a source of food, but also as a way of life that profoundly influences our relationship with the planet and with one another.

Best Farming Quotes

A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud. ~ Amit Kalantri.

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist. ~ Wendell Berry.

Our farmers round, well pleased with constant gain, like other farmers, flourish and complain. ~ George Crabbe.


He who does not cultivate his field will die of hunger. ~ Guinean Proverb.

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own. ~ Samuel Johnson.

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.


The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. ~ Will Rogers.

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.

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Powerful Farming Quotes

Agriculture looks different today – our farmers are using GPS and you can monitor your irrigation systems over the Internet. ~ Debbie Stabenow.


Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Farmers are philosophical. They have learned that it is less wearing to shrug than to beat their breasts. ~ Ruth Stout.

Agriculture is the foundation of manufactures, since the productions of nature are the materials of art. ~ Edward Gibbon.

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. ~ Wendell Berry.


The more help in the cornfield the smaller the harvest. ~ Zimbabwean Proverb.

Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education. ~ Alice Waters.

In undertaking farming we undertake a responsibility covering the whole life cycle. We can break it or keep it whole. ~ Lord Northbourne.

Famous Farming Quotes

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. ~ Andy Warhol.


Weeding is as necessary to agriculture as sowing. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Farming is a most senseless pursuit, a mere laboring in a circle. You sow that you may reap, and then you reap that you may sow. Nothing ever comes of it. ~ Joannes Stobaeus.

Agriculture engenders good sense, and good sense of an excellent kind. ~ Joseph Joubert.

My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer. ~ Brenda Schoepp.

With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness and madness, from which they are being freed by operation of the machine. ~ Bertrand Russell.


Farming is a profession of hope. ~ Brian Brett.

Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species. ~ Chris Hedges.

Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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.

I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. ~ George Washington.

Urban farming is not only possible, it is crucial. But it can’t be like the farming techniques of yore. ~ Homaro Cantu.


To make agriculture sustainable, the grower has got to be able to make a profit. ~ Sam Farr.

Farming with live animals is a 7 day a week, legal form of slavery. ~ George Segal.

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

Farmers only worry during the growing season, but town’s people worry all the time. ~ Edgar Watson Howe.

Agriculture for an honorable and high minded man, is the best of all occupations or arts by which men procure the means of living. ~ Xenophon.


Farmers are respectable and interesting to me in proportion as they are poor. ~ Henry David Thoreau.

Profound Farming Quotes

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all. ~ John Greenleaf Whittier.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. ~ Masanobu Fukuoka.

It is thus with farming: if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work. ~ Cato the Elder.


A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus. ~ E. B. White.

For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero.

The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Farmers are the only indispensable people on the face of the earth. ~ Li Zhaoxing.

Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can’t hurry the crops or make an ox in two days. ~ Henri Alain.

Top Farming Quotes

So organic farming practices are something that, to me, are interlinked with the idea of using biodiesel. ~ Daryl Hannah.


Agriculture is a fundamental source of national prosperity. ~ J. J Mapes.

If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest. ~ Douglas Jerrold.

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age. ~ Bill Bryson.

Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization. ~ Daniel Webster.


You can make a small fortune in farming-provided you start with a large one. ~ Unknown.

Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start. ~ Edgar Watson Howe.

If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science. ~ Samuel Johnson.

Measure the corn of others with your own bushel. ~ Jewish Proverb.

He was a very inferior farmer when he first begun … and he is now fast rising from affluence to poverty. ~ Mark Twain.


Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man. ~ George Washington.

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. ~Proverbs 2:4.

Most things, except agriculture, can wait. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru.

Agriculture is the keystone of our economic structure. The wealth, welfare, prosperity, and even the future freedom of this nation are based upon the soil. ~ Louis Bromfield.

Inspiring Farming Quotes

The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life. ~ Arthur Keith.

The master’s eye is the best fertilizer. ~ Pliny the Elder.

My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner. ~ Lenny Kravitz.

African agriculture depends on labor. You can’t produce crops if there is nobody to work on the farms. ~ Annmarie Kormawa.


It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn. ~ B. C. Forbes.

It is obvious that the greatest and most important service that is required of our agriculture under existing conditions is an enlarged production of the staple food crops. ~ David F. Houston.

It isn’t the farmer that lives on the fat of the land; it’s the fat of the land that lives on the farmer. ~ Evan Esar.

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

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.

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, other that heat comes from the furnace. ~ Aldo Leopold.


The farmer works the soil, The agriculturist works the farmer. ~ Eugene F. Ware.

Farming, a vocation accursed of heaven, since one never saw a millionaire involved in it. ~ Gustave Flaubert.

We really love what we do. We love seeing the result of our hard work. ~ Ryan Wieck

It feels good at the end of the day to know you made a product that other people are going to enjoy. ~ Jericho Sanchez

The richest soil, if uncultivated, produces the rankest weeds. ~ Plutarch

The farm is part of me. ~ Erich Wehrenberg

We pay the doctor to make us better when we should really be paying the farmer to keep us healthy. ~ Robyn O’Brien

So these were the 75 quotes about Farming.

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