Country Life Quotes

Quotes tagged as "country-life" (showing 1-30 of 48)
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

Elizabeth von Arnim
“What a happy woman I am living in a garden, with books, babies, birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them! Yet my town acquaintances look upon it as imprisonment, and I don't know what besides, and would rend the air with their shrieks if condemned to such a life. Sometimes I feel as if I were blest above all my fellows in being able to find my happiness so easily. I believe I should always be good if the sun always shone, and could enjoy myself very well in Siberia on a fine day. And what can life in town offer in the way of pleasure to equal the delight of any one of the calm evenings I have had this month sitting alone at the foot of the verandah steps, with the perfume of young larches all about, and the May moon hanging low over the beeches, and the beautiful silence made only more profound in its peace by the croaking of distant frogs and hooting of owls?”
Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Laura     Miller
“Little girl, little boy
If love has a way
Fill their fields with laughter
And scatter the sun on their day
And if it should happen to rain
Make their raindrops kisses
Straight from heaven above
That touch their hands and faces
And that fill them with love
And make the moon reflect their smiles
And their stars plenty
And, above all, keep them together
And hold them as you may
Forever and ever
Until their last day.”
Laura Miller, My Butterfly

Anton Chekhov
“Country life has its advantages,' he used to say. 'You sit on the veranda drinking tea and your ducklings swim on the pond, and everything smells good. . . and there are gooseberries.”
Anton Chekhov, Gooseberries

Elizabeth Goudge
“In a city the multiplicity of threads forced a whirling confusion on the loom but here the simple pattern and the slow weaving made purpose more discernible.”
Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water

Laura     Miller
“I’ll save a spot for you on the hood of my truck.”
Laura Miller, My Butterfly

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

Laura     Miller
“Because I see
A rainstorm in June
Just before the sun
The black of night
Just before the stars
And, girl, I see your ghost
Just before our dawn”
Laura Miller, My Butterfly

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

Solomon Northup
“Not by human dwellings--not in crowded cities alone, are the sights and sounds of life. The wildest places of the earth are full of them.”
Solomon Northrup

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

“The fresh and crisp air of the country reminds us that our blood surges from of the natural world and how tied we are to the sprung rhythms of earth and sky, weather and season.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Halldór Kiljan Laxness
“I know perfectly well that it is impossible, according to arithmetic and scholarly books, to live in a far valley off a handful of ewes and two low yield cows. But we live, I say. You children all lived; your sisters now have sturdy children in far-off districts. And what you are now carrying under your heart will also live and be welcome, little one, despite arithmetic and scholarly books.”
Halldór Laxness, The Atom Station

Edward Hoagland
“The milking machines sounded tranquilizing, and there was the collegiality of seventy animal spirits thriving, warming the barn with cud-chewing, nose-snuffling, and sisterly mammalhood.”
Edward Hoagland, In the Country of the Blind: A Novel

“I go from flying to drowning as I slide down the soul-deadening slippery slope I realize I’m on. I can’t breathe, can’t talk, suddenly realizing I’m an imposter. I’ve crossed the line. Wronged my girl. And in that few seconds of thought I feel fate strong-arm me, forcing me to turn and walk away like a helpless idiot needing to be put out of his misery.”
A.Wilding Wells

Jane Green
“That's the mark of true friends. That we might not see each other for a year but when we do it's as if we were never apart.”
Jane Green, To Have and to Hold

Susan Leona Fisher
“So you’ve been capturing mice and releasing them here?”
“Yes, anything wrong with that?”
“The thing is, if they’re house mice, they’ll just go on back home. You’ve probably been catching the same ones each day.”
She considered for a moment and he tried very hard not to laugh. “I doubt it. The place is overrun with them. It’s really not up to standard. I suspect the landlord’s name is Rackman.”
Susan Leona Fisher, Town Meets Country

Meia Geddes
“Being in the country is like being in a dream—one doesn't quite know who one is. There is an anonymity to it all—that strange human creature that is me, one among all.”
Meia Geddes, Love Letters to the World

Frankie Boyle
“I think it's my memory of this period that makes me fantasise about living in the country. In reality I know there would be no shops and I would kill myself.”
Frankie Boyle, My Shit Life So Far

Sue Hubbell
“...when I offered to either stay and help or go bake a pie, it was the pie that was most needed. It took six pies to finish the roof. I had not known that pies were such an important part of construction.”
Sue Hubbell, A Country Year: Living the Questions

Sally Henson
“It’s been a whole week since I’ve seen you.” Lane’s nose brushes against mine in a butterfly kiss. His voice drops, as he says the words, “Kiss me already.”
Sally Henson, Kiss Me Already

Sally Henson
“I jump on Lane’s back. He catches my legs around his sides, holding on tight, and I wrap my arms around his neck.
Mmmmm. “You smell good.” My heart thrums inside my chest, purring like a kitten. The gang’s ahead of us. It’s safe to sneak a peck on the cheek. I brush my nose against his jaw line so I can inhale his cologne again.
“That was so smooth. Where’d you get moves like that?” He snickers.”
Sally Henson, Kiss Me Already

Louise Dickinson Rich
“I think, probably, whether your're better off in the country or in the city depends, in the final analysis, on where you'd rather be. You're best off where you're the happiest.”
Louise Rich Dickinson

Louise Dickinson Rich
“The three weapons to use against axe cuts are: (a) sense enough not to get cut, (b) a good working knowledge of how to apply a tourniquet, if the worst occurs, and (c) a philosophical attitude.”
Louise Dickinson Rich, We Took to the Woods

Louise Dickinson Rich
“Aside from forest fire, there's nothing to be afraid of in the woods, except yourself. If you've got sense, you can keep out of trouble. If you haven't got sense, you'll get into trouble, here or anywhere else.”
Louise Dickinson Rich, We Took to the Woods

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Every nation must have prayerful men and women to intercede for the country’s well-being.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

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

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

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

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