The Craziness That is Me...Megan

Frequently moving perfectionist often driven to Crazyville by moving, motherhood, and...myself. Lover of music, homemade things, and Oklahoma.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Remembering Presidents

Because today is President's Day...

And because my Farmer Boy is home with me...

I dug around in the attics of the internet and found some really great quotes by former Presidents that lived, loved, or respected the life of a farmer or rancher in America.

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Enjoy...

"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds."

 "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end
contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."

~Thomas Jefferson
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"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and
you’re a thousand miles from the corn field."

"The proper role of government, however, is that of partner with the farmer--never his master. By every possible means we must develop and promote that partnership--to the end that agriculture may continue to be a sound, enduring foundation for our economy and that farm living may be a profitable and satisfying experience."

~Dwight Eisenhower
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"Every man is proud of what he does well...his heart is in his work and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue...The man who produces a good, full crop will scarcely ever let any part of it go to waste. He will gather it in due season and store it in perfect security."

~Abraham Lincoln
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"I know of no pursuit in life in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's care."
“It will not be doubted that with reference either to individual
or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance.”

"I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world"
~George Washington

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Our farmers deserve praise, not condemnation; and their efficiency should be cause for gratitude, not something for which they are penalized.”
~President John F. Kennedy

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“I do not believe there ever was any life more attractive to a vigorous young fellow than life on a cattle ranch in those days. It was a fine, healthy life, too; it taught a man self-reliance, hardihood, and the value of instant decision…I enjoyed the life to the full.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

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And one more by a man that ran for President but lost.  However, I loved it and couldn't leave it out.
“Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Happy President's Day,
Megan

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