Quotes / Call to Agriculture

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms
Dire Straits, "Brothers in Arms"

"I have marched in many a battle host, but I have also planted seeds and reaped the harvest with my own hands. And I have learned there is greater honor in a field well plowed than in a field steeped in blood."
Adaon, son of Taliesin, The Black Cauldron

"A garden, you know, is a very usual refuge of a disappointed politician. Accordingly, I have purchased a few acres about nine miles from town, have built a house, and am cultivating a garden."
Alexander Hamilton writing to a friend

Matt: April takes the turtles and Casey to her family’s old farmhouse to hole up, and you’d have to think this place would be in upstate New York or maybe rural New Jersey. But because a lot of this movie was filmed in North Carolina, everybody’s stripped down to the sweltery tank tops of a Tennessee Williams play.
Chris: It definitely goes Southern Gothic on us pretty quickly...sadly, it stops before we get a shot of Donatello in a white suit and bolo tie sipping a mint julep on the porch.
Matt: The whole idea of going off to a farm to grow as a human (or turtle) being is a pretty hacky story trope, but this movie and Pootie Tang both use it, so it’ll always have a special place in my heart.
Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

If you're reading this, you must be in dire need of a change. The same thing happened to me, long ago. I'd lost sight of what mattered most in life: real connections with other people and nature. So I dropped everything and moved to the place I truly belong. I've enclosed the deed to that place... my pride and joy. [...] It's located in Stardew Valley, on the southern coast. It's the perfect place to start your new life.
Your Grandfather in the game's prologue, Stardew Valley

Capt. Vasili Borodin: Do you think they will let me live in Montana?
Capt. Marko Ramius: I would think they'll let you live wherever you want.
Borodin: Good. Then, I will live in Montana, and I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck, or possibly... a recreational vehicle, and drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?
Ramius: Yes.
Borodin: No papers?
Ramius: No papers, state to state.
Borodin: Then, in winter, I will live in Arizona. Actually, I think I may need two wives.
Ramius: Oh, at least.
(they laugh)
Borodin: What about you? What do you look forward to?
Ramius: I have no such appetites.
Borodin: Well, there must be something. What is it?
Ramius: I miss... the peace of fishing, like when I was a boy.

"Everyone shall sit under their own vine, and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid;"
They'll be safe in the nation we've made.
I want to sit under my own vine and fig tree,
A moment alone in the shade,
At home in this nation we've made,
One last time...
George Washington, "One Last Time", Hamilton

Almost every figure in American public life has expressed a desire to go back to the farm, even when he didn't come from one.
It All Started With Columbus