Quotes of Corn

“ They were evidently small men, all wind and quibbles, flinging out their chuffy grain to us with far less interest than a farm-wife feels as she scatters corn to her fowls. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ DiMaggio was the greatest all-around player I ever saw. His career cannot be summed up in numbers and awards. It might sound corny, but he had a profound and lasting impact on the country. ”

- Ted Williams

“ I know my corn plants intimately, and I find it a great pleasure to know them. ”

- Barbara McClintock

“ It's true that I did get the girl but then my grandfather always said, Even a blind chicken finds a few grains of corn now and then. ”

- Lyle Lovett

“ In the age of acorns, before the times of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds of the mines of India. ”

- Henry Brooke

“ The first movie I saw - and I don't know if it influenced me - was Ben Hur. We watched it outside in a corn field, and it ran backwards, so the first movie I ever saw was Ben Hur backwards. ”

- Roberto Benigni

“ To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray are the things that make men happy. ”

- John Ruskin

“ Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. ”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

“ There is an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny. ”

- Irving Berlin

“ Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods. ”

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

“ Money is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity. It is so much warmth, so much bread. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ Life is like a B-picture script. It is that corny. If I had my life story offered to me to film, I'd turn it down. ”

- Kirk Douglas

“ Hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions. And broadly speaking, Corn-Pone stands for Self-Approval… ”

- Mark Twain

“ There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till… ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Not a single spectator remained on his feet! Men, women children, all lay prostrate like ears of corn under a tempest. There ensued a terrible tumult; a large number of persons were seriously injured. J. T. Maston, who, despite all dictates of prudence, had kept in advance of the mass, was pitched back 120 feet, shooting like a projectile over the heads of his fellow-citizens. ”

- Jules Verne

“ I did all those things you're supposed to do when you're nineteen in Paris. Spent hours talking, redoing the world in the back of a cafe, and smoking about fifty Gitanes. Had a great time doing that - corny, but great. ”

- Kristin Scott Thomas

“ Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another. ”

- Anne Raver

“ When the weather is mild, they stand leaning with both their arms upon the corn-field fence, and gravely consider whether they had best go and take a Small Heat at the Hough: but generally find reasons to put it off till another time. ”

- William Byrd

“ Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon — the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it. ”

- Lord Byron

“ Work and thou canst escape the reward; whether the work be fine or course, planting corn or writing epics, so only it be honest work, done to thine own approbation, it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ There was no corn — in the wide market-place all loathliest things, even human flesh, was sold; They weighed it in small scales — and many a face was fixed in eager horror then; his gold the miser brought; the tender maid, grown bold through hunger, bared her scorned charms in vain. ”

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

“ If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ I will venture to affirm, that the three seasons wherein our corn has miscarried did no more contribute to our present misery, than one spoonful of water thrown upon a rat already drowned would contribute to his death; and that the present plentiful harvest, although it should be followed by a dozen ensuing, would no more restore us, than it would the rat aforesaid to put him near the fire, which might indeed warm his fur-coat, but never bring him back to life. ”

- Jonathan Swift

“ From our earliest hour we have been taught that the thought of the heart, the shaping of the rain-cloud, the amount of wool that grows on a sheep's back, the length of a drought, and the growing of the corn, depend on nothing that moves immutable, at the heart of all things; but on the changeable will of a changeable being, whom our prayers can alter… ”

- Olive Schreiner
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