Soil Quotes

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Wendell Berry
“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. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Edward Thomas
“To-day I think
Only with scents, - scents dead leaves yield,
And bracken, and wild carrot's seed,
And the square mustard field;

Odours that rise
When the spade wounds the root of tree,
Rose, currant, raspberry, or goutweed,
Rhubarb or celery;

The smoke's smell, too,
Flowing from where a bonfire burns
The dead, the waste, the dangerous,
And all to sweetness turns.

It is enough
To smell, to crumble the dark earth,
While the robin sings over again
Sad songs of Autumn mirth."

- A poem called DIGGING.”
Edward Thomas, Collected Poems

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”
Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Tim Flannery
“A tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a “wood wide web” of soil fungi that connects vegetation in an intimate network that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods.”
Tim Flannery, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World

Tom Robbins
“Although the surface of our planet is two-thirds water, we call it the Earth. We say we are earthlings, not waterlings. Our blood is closer to seawater than our bones to soil, but that's no matter. The sea is the cradle we all rocked out of, but it's to dust that we go. From the time that water invented us, we began to seek out dirt. The further we separate ourselves from the dirt, the further we separate ourselves from ourselves. Alienation is a disease of the unsoiled.”
Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

John Dewey
“Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues.”
John Dewey, Art as Experience
tags: mind, soil

Israelmore Ayivor
“Do not rush to judge someone unless his/her fruits reveal the truth. However, don't forget; mostly, it's not the fault of the tree to produce bitter fruits. Sometimes, the soil determines that; blame the source! Deal with the soil! Don't deal with the tree! Other trees are there that the same soil can influence! Don't deal with your enemy, deal with the satan that sponsors them!”
Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes


A few decades ago, a woman tried to sue a butter company that had printed the word 'LITE' on its product's packaging. She claimed to have gained so much weight from eating the butter, even though it was labeled as being 'LITE'. In court, the lawyer representing the butter company simply held up the container of butter and said to the judge, "My client did not lie. The container is indeed 'light in weight'. The woman lost the case.

In a marketing class in college, we were assigned this case study to show us that 'puffery' is legal. This means that you can deceptively use words with double meanings to sell a product, even though they could mislead customers into thinking your words mean something different. I am using this example to touch upon the myth of organic foods. If I was a lawyer representing a company that had labeled its oranges as being organic, and a man was suing my client because he found out that the oranges were being sprayed with toxins, my defense opening statement would be very simple: "If it's not plastic or metallic, it's organic."

Most products labeled as being organic are not really organic. This is the truth. You pay premium prices for products you think are grown without chemicals, but most products are. If an apple is labeled as being organic, it could mean two things. Either the apple tree itself is free from chemicals, or just the soil. One or the other, but rarely both. The truth is, the word 'organic' can mean many things, and taking a farmer to court would be difficult if you found out his fruits were indeed sprayed with pesticides. After all, all organisms on earth are scientifically labeled as being organic, unless they are made of plastic or metal. The word 'organic' comes from the word 'organism', meaning something that is, or once was, living and breathing air, water and sunlight.

So, the next time you stroll through your local supermarket and see brown pears that are labeled as being organic, know that they could have been third-rate fare sourced from the last day of a weekend market, and have been re-labeled to be sold to a gullible crowd for a premium price. I have a friend who thinks that organic foods have to look beat up and deformed because the use of chemicals is what makes them look perfect and flawless. This is not true. Chemical-free foods can look perfect if grown in your backyard. If you go to jungles or forests untouched by man, you will see fruit and vegetables that look like they sprouted from trees from Heaven. So be cautious the next time you buy anything labeled as 'organic'. Unless you personally know the farmer or the company selling the products, don't trust what you read. You, me, and everything on land and sea are organic.

Suzy Kassem,
Truth Is Crying”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

John Burroughs
“Man takes root at his feet, and at best he is no more than a potted plant in his house or carriage till he has established communication with the soil by the loving and magnetic touch of his soles to it.”
John Burroughs
tags: man, soil

E.A. Bucchianeri
“There's something satisfying about getting your hands in the soil.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

“Our most important job as vegetable gardeners is to feed and sustain soil life, often called the soil food web, beginning with the microbes. If we do this, our plants will thrive, we’ll grow nutritious, healthy food, and our soil conditions will get better each year. This is what is meant by the adage ”Feed the soil not the plants.”
Jane Shellenberger, Organic Gardener's Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West

Olivier Magny
“Studying wine taught me that there was a very big difference between soil and dirt: dirt is to soul what zombies are to humans. Soil is full of life, while dirt is devoid of it.”
Olivier Magny, Into Wine: An Invitation to Pleasure

“The only truly dependable production technologies are those that are sustainable over the long term. By that very definition, they must avoid erosion, pollution, environmental degradation, and resource waste. Any rational food-production system will emphasize the well-being of the soil-air-water biosphere, the creatures which inhabit it, and the human beings who depend upon it.”
Eliot Coleman, The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

Edmondo de Amicis
“What is working stain, does not soil.”
Edmundo de Amicis

“Hope is a fertile soil where flowers blossoms.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, The Alphabets of Success: Passion Driven Life

Amy Seidl
“While it is relatively easy to recognize the perennial grasses and seed-eating sparrows as characteristic of meadows, the ecosystems exist in their fullest sense underground. What we see aboveground is only the outer margin of an ecosystem that explodes in intricacy and life below.”
Amy Seidl, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World

Hope Larson
“Papa always says, you can fix soil, and you can build houses, but there's no point if the land don't have water.”
Hope Larson, Salt Magic

“With the unfurling of spring
rainbows of blossom
comes out of the soil
smile and innocuously sway in euphoria
on choir of birds
under dance-direction of zephyr
stroking my soul with sallow, and orange tinges
that glide as amorphous fluffs in the pristine sky.”
Spriha Kant

“Gardening is easier than it is often made out to be.”
Charles Dowding, Charles Dowding’s Skills For Growing

“Your soil and plants are friends that benefit from constant care and attention to the details I explain.”
Charles Dowding, Charles Dowding’s Skills For Growing

“I am plant as well as animal. My blood transports oxygen; my chlorophyll produces it. Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorus surge along tissue, torso, culm to my blades. Blood blends magnesium as well as iron. I am grass made flesh. Grassling.”
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, The Grassling

“What I understand about life is that you have to finish your work with devotion without judging anything in this world and just get back to the soil.”
Anuj Jasani

Rachel Carson
“We must not only be concerned with what is happening to the soil; we must wonder to what extent insecticides are absorbed from contaminated soils and introduced into plant tissues. Much depends on the type of soil, the crop, and the nature and concentration of the insecticide. Soil high in organic matter releases smaller quantities of poisons than others. Carrots absorb more insecticide than any other crop studied; if the chemical used happens to be lindane, carrots actually accumulate higher concentrations than are present in the soil. In the future it may become necessary to analyze soils for insecticides before planting certain food crops. Otherwise even unsprayed crops may take up enough insecticide merely from the soil to render them unfit for market.”
Rachel Carson

Amit Kalantri
“Soil is not just a substance, soil is the soul.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“A prosaic practicism of everyday life does not, however, deprive a man of the power of imagination. He has developed beautiful arts and created fascinating fairy-tales. One of these is about a wonderful magic carpet. He does not realize the wonders of the real magic carpet, soil, which spreads over the land on which he lives and which he tramples every day so carelessly, far surpasses all the wonders of his imaginary magic. He hardly realizes that without this magic carpet of soil, life would not exist on the Earth. Soil and life are twins; neither can exist without the other. Dynamics of life and dynamics of soil are merely phases of a common process of continuous transformations of matter and energy.”
C.C. Nikiforoff
tags: soil

“What is yours is not yours.
Snow melts from the mountain laps.
Every bloom descends back to soil.”
Monika Ajay Kaul

Steven Magee
“We come from dirt and we return to dirt.”
Steven Magee

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“I talked to a farmer the other day; a man of soil and sweat and simplicity. And while he never darkened the door of a university, I quickly discovered that the wisdom wrought of soil and sweat and simplicity possessed more than adequate power to utterly transform any university whose door this man might walk through. And it was at that very moment that I found myself wanting to do nothing other than to dig in the soil of life that lay around me, sweat a lot while doing it, and forever keep my life as simple as both soil and sweat…for therein lays the greatest wisdom.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Nikki Erlick
“The tree, of course, felt like the perfect structure. The tree of life. The tree of knowledge. The reminder that we will all find our ultimate rest beneath the soil, nourishing the life that grows above us.”
Nikki Erlick, The Measure

Donna Goddard
“When you live from the land, which ultimately all of us do, soil is everything. Forgetting this is at our peril.”
Donna Goddard, Nanima: Spiritual Fiction

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