Quotable Quotes: Weeds

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Quotable Quotes: Weeds

weedsI spent Saturday pulling weeds and will be doing the same today; with weeds on my mind I thought I’d see what interesting quotes involved weeds and found a plethora from which to choose.

First up is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous commentary on weeds, restated in different words by many others over the years, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”

But my favorites are those that refer to weeds to impart wisdom and make me think, such as this one from Charlotte Bronte, “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.’”

John Tyndall puts his faith in science to provide weed control, “Science keeps down the weed of superstition not by logic, but by rendering the mental soil unfit for its cultivation,” while David Hume thinks “The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds” and I tend to agree—hate and bigotry are two that come to mind.

The last three are words of wisdom from the oh-so-wise Anonymous.

“Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own” Some people spend an inordinate amount of time criticizing others—usually because the others don’t agree with them.

There are many sayings that condemn talk when it doesn’t translate to action and this is one of my favorites, “A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds”

Finally, a special one for all the parents reading this,“A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.”

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