„Who fain would sow the fallow field,
And see the growing corn,
Must first remove the useless weeds,
The bramble and the thorn.“
Qui serere ingenuum uolet agrum liberat arua prius fruticibus, falce rubos filicemque resecat, ut noua fruge grauis Ceres eat.
„The rose Religion grows on a thorn-bush, and we must not be afraid to have our fingers lacerated by the thorns if we would pluck the rose.“
— Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913), Context: By what sort of experience are we led to the conviction that spirit exists? On the whole, by searching, painful experience. The rose Religion grows on a thorn-bush, and we must not be afraid to have our fingers lacerated by the thorns if we would pluck the rose. Section 7 : Spiritual Progress
„To have a good crop we must weed the field, otherwise the rice will grow badly in spite of careful ploughing and abundant manuring. To be successful in increasing production and practicing thrift, we must also weed the field, that is root out embezzlement, waste and bureaucracy. Otherwise they will harm our work.“
— Ho Chi Minh Vietnamese communist leader and first president of Vietnam 1890 - 1969
1950's, "To Practice Thrift and Oppose Embezzlement (1952)
„Most everybody's got seed to sow
It ain't always easy for a weed to grow, oh no.
So he don't hoe the row for no one.
Oh for sure he's always missing.
And something is never quite right.
Ah, but who would want to listen to you
Kissing his existence good night.“
— James Taylor American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1948
Song lyrics, Walking Man (1974), "Walking Man"
— Ludovico Ariosto, buch Der rasende Roland
Orlando Furioso (1532), Che de le spine ancor nascon le rose, E d'una fetida erba nasce il giglio. Canto XXVII, stanza 121 (tr. W. S. Rose)
— Sadao Araki Japanese general 1877 - 1966
Quoted in "The Quarterly review" - Page 20 - by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge - 1935
— Kelsang Gyatso Tibetan writer and lama 1931
Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom (2011)
— Ovid, buch Ars amatoria
Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love), Da requiem: requietus ager bene credita reddit Book II, line 351 (tr. Len Krisak)
„Honor Wisdom; and deny it not to them that would learn; and shew it unto them that dispraise it! Sow not the sea fields!“
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 v.Chr
The Sayings of the Wise (1555)
— Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943
A Child is Born (1942), Context: We are the earth his word must sow like wheat And, if it finds no earth, it cannot grow. We are his earth, the mortal and the dying, Led by no star — the sullen and the slut, The thief, the selfish man, the barren woman, Who have betrayed him once and will betray him, Forget his words, be great a moment's space Under the strokes of chance, And then sink back into our small affairs. And yet, unless we go, his message fails. Innkeeper's wife
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
Simple Verses (1891), I Grow a White Rose, Context: I grow a white rose In July just as in January For the sincere friend Who gives me his frank hand. And for the cruel man who pulls out of me the heart with which I live, I grow neither nettles nor thorns: I grow a white rose. As translated in Spanish-American Poetry : A Dual-language Anthology (1996) by Seymour Resnick Variant translation: I cultivate a white rose In July as in January For the sincere friend Who gives me his hand frankly. <p> And for the cruel person who tears out the heart with which I live, I cultivate neither nettles nor thorns: I cultivate a white rose.