Country Life Quotes

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John Steinbeck
“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”
John Steinbeck

Sarah Reijonen
“How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you.”
Sarah Reijonen, Country Girl: Letting Love & Wanderlust Take the Reins

Edith Wharton
“...but these backwaters of existence sometimes breed, in their sluggish depths, strange acuities of emotion... ("Afterward")”
Edith Wharton, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps

Jeannette Walls
“And if the world went to hell in a handbasket-as it seemed to be doing-you could say good-bye to everyone and retreat to your land, hunkering down and living off it.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

Mehmet Murat ildan
“What use cities have for us? Their greatest use is to make us to realise the beauties of the rural life!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“If you constantly talk negative about your country, you'll never become the light in, or to your country.”
Henry Johnson Jr.

Abhijit Naskar
“I prefer the ground over the pedestal.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sleepless for Society

Susan         Hill
“But, in Moon Cottage, they are still asleep. I let myself in quietly and make a pot of tea, and take it outside, to sit under the apple tree and feel pleased. In the Buttercup field, one of the newest calves born a couple of nights ago, feeds and nuzzles and then wanders a yard or two away from its mother. It is white as milk, huge-eyed. The wrens are flying in and out of the woodshed and the bluetits in and out of a hole in the wall, by some guttering. Over the fields and farms and rooftops of Barley, the sun climbs and climbs. The dew has almost dried. The best of the day is done.”
Susan Hill, The Magic Apple Tree: A Country Year

Brenda Sutton Rose
“I come here for the solitude. I come to soak myself in memories before they evaporate, before they float so far from my memory that I can't catch them.”
Brenda Sutton Rose

Daryl Banner
“I grin. “It’s just a party,” I assure her. “Nothin’ big.”

“There ain’t nothin’ that happens on this ranch that’s organized by your mama that ain’t big. That woman’s about as subtle as a shotgun.”

“A shotgun can be subtle if it ain’t bein’ fired,” I point out.

She narrows her eyes. I think she’s about to quip back with something super sassy, but then a smile wrinkles up her face. “You sayin’ I’m better off to keep the shotgun from firin’?”

“I’m sayin’ quit playin’ with the trigger, Grandma.”
Daryl Banner, Football Sundae

Abhijit Naskar
“The Country Sonnet

I stand beneath the southern sky,
Looking up at the heavenly bodies.
The twinkling stars know no color,
Then why we mortals beneath act so puny!
Country means heart, country means humility,
All that is pure is born in the country.
How could we poison its innocent soul,
By our savage escapades of bigotry!
It's high time we be the example of kindness,
For the streams of Mississippi carry acceptance.
Behold ye all blind with confederate pride,
Conscience rises above the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Let's resuscitate the country with love and passion.
We'll turn this land into a cradle of amalgamation.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Brenda Sutton Rose
“Everything here pulses with the rare beauty of the South.”
Brenda Sutton Rose

Vicky Earle
“Kelly looks up at me and wags her tail. I swear she's smiling at me. It never fails that some of her radiating positivity seeps into my being. I make a conscious effort to change my perspective. Investigating the death of that poor young jockey might not only get answers for the family and for Neal and Linda, but could help me as well by providing a distraction away from the self-pity I'm inclined to wallow in.”
Vicky Earle, Over Frank's Dead Body

Joanne Harris
“For them I learned to be a mother again, cooking pancakes and thick herb-and-apple sausages. I made jam for them from figs and green tomatoes and sour cherries and quinces. I let them play with the little brown mischievous goats and feed them crusts and pieces of carrot. We fed the hens, stroked the soft noses of the ponies, collected sorrel for the rabbits. I showed them the river and how to reach the sunny sandbanks. I warned them- with such a catch in my heart- of the dangers, the snakes, roots, eddies, quicksand, made them promise never, never to swim there. I showed them the woods beyond, the best places to find mushrooms, the ways of telling the fake chanterelle from the true, the sour bilberries growing wild under the thicket.”
Joanne Harris, Five Quarters of the Orange

Tim Winton
“We was just kids, we did kid stuff. And we didn’t have things to do like people in the city. We couldn’t catch the bus to the beach or the movies or hang out in big shopping malls. We had to ride everywhere or shanks it. Go for a milkshake at the roadhouse, check out the tip. Because there was no KFC or Subway. We’d walk along the highway looking for eagle feathers.”
Tim Winton, The Shepherd's Hut

Booth Tarkington
“But from their first word of him, from the message that he was found and was alive, none of the people of Carlow had really doubted it. They are simple country people, and they know that God is good.”
Booth Tarkington, The Gentleman from Indiana

Donna Goddard
“If possible, it is best to have a balance between the civilisation of city life and the solitude of country living. Too much solitude and we can become isolated and lose the benefit of human culture, progress, and communication. Too much urban life and we lose our spiritual essence and our fundamental native homeostasis. Many people instinctively withdraw to the country or the seaside when they feel the noise of city life is drowning out the quiet, inner voice of peace. The country does what the city cannot. It quietens the mind and brings simplicity into one’s life. The city does what the country cannot. It enlivens the mind and brings culture into one’s life. We try to engage with both and benefit from the well-roundedness of a complete experience of all that life has to offer.”
Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

Donna Goddard
“The country does what the city cannot. It quietens the mind and brings simplicity into one’s life. The city does what the country cannot. It enlivens the mind and brings culture into one’s life.”
Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

Abhijit Naskar
“We need more country than concrete, we need more mind than material, we need more savannah than sky-scrapers, we need more melody than malady. And this can only happen if we make simplicity and responsibility the way of life.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Gospel of Technology

Abhijit Naskar
“World is my Louisiana, I am its Mississippi.”
Abhijit Naskar

Michael Dault
“Maybe it's the unique people. Maybe the old-fashioned bucolic setting or the nostalgia it brings—he'll never be sure. But it's there he knows that his family truly became close. Of course, their end there was tragic, yet he knows those years were something else. Those years were the best of their lives.”
Michael Dault, The Sons of Summer

Arlene Stafford-Wilson
“Over the years, the Ompah Stomp developed a reputation of being a wild party. Maybe it was the setting, in a remote rural area, that led people to believe that it was a bit like a country music Woodstock, brimming with sex and drugs.”
Arlene Stafford-Wilson, Lanark County Calling: All Roads Lead Home

Arlene Stafford-Wilson
“The crows squawked and scattered from their perch on wooden rail fence, as the rhythmic clip-clop of the horse's hooves grew louder.”
Arlene Stafford-Wilson, Lanark County Collection: Winding Our Way Down Memory Lane

Arlene Stafford-Wilson
“A hot dry day was perfect for cutting hay, but Sunday in those days was a true day of rest, and no hay would be taken from the fields, nor any labour done inside or outside of the house.”
Arlene Stafford-Wilson, Lanark County Collection: Winding Our Way Down Memory Lane

bell hooks
“The free thinking and non-conformist behavior encouraged in the backwoods was a threat to imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy hence the need to undermine them by creating the notion that folks who inhabited these spaces were ignorant, stupid, inbred, ungovernable. By dehumanizing the hillbilly, the anarchist spirit which empowered poor folks to choose a lifestyle different from that of the state and so called civilized society could be crushed. And if not totally crushed, at least made to appear criminal or suspect”
Bell Hooks, Belonging: A Culture of Place

Abhijit Naskar
“Horses, boots and hats don't constitute country life, humility, simplicity and compassion do.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Abhijit Naskar
“People from the country ought to be at the forefront of humankind's struggle for kindness and equality, and yet, the situation is quite the opposite.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

C.A. Tedeschi
“Mountain folk have their own code. And they hold each other to it, straightforward like; No beatin’ around the bush.”
C.A. Tedeschi, Fen and the Every Path

Abhijit Naskar
“The more distant you get from the soil, the more distant you get from life.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Miss Read
“In any case, I see no reason why a good-tempered, steady-going cat should not be included in a country classroom. It adds a pleasantly domestic touch to our working conditions.”
Miss Read, Village Diary

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