No race can prosper until it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top.
For ever and ever, my darling, yes—Goodness and love are undying;Only the troubles and cares of earthAre winged from the first for flying.Our way we ploughIn the furrow "now;"But after the tilling and growing the sheaf;Soil for the root, but the sun for the leaf—And God keepeth watch forever.mary mapes dodge
No pure delight cheers the farmer whose mind is intent on the price he shall get for his crops rather than on the joy there is in tilling them and seeing them grow and ripen: for such an one does not love the land nor his home nor any of the most beautiful and sacred things, but tends to become like the brute that eats and sleeps and dies. His thoughts are with what feeds the animal, and that which nourishes the human is hidden from him.john lancaster spalding