I feel like I can accomplish anything that I want to do as long as I feel inspired and great classic quotes have the ability to do this for me. In this members only episode I look at 7 classic quotes that can be applied to homesteading for inspiration and motivation.
7 Classic Quotes That Can Be Applied To Homesteading
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
This quote reminds me of this store of an 82 year old man who volunteers at the hospital to hold babies proving doing little things can make a huge difference in the world. https://www.today.com/parents/icu-grandpa-snuggles-newborn-babies-when-parents-can-t-be-t117487
What does this have to do with homesteading? It reminds me of all the times that I’ve heard someone say that they couldn’t wait until they could afford to buy a large property out in the country so they could “Start” homesteading.
Some of the most impressive homesteads I’ve seen were urban, small scale homesteads done in a great way.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
I put these two quotes as one because they say the same thing in a different way. The meaning and application to homesteading is clear in these quotes, Get Started! Take the first steps in homesteading, get started on your next project, get started learning your next skill, start living the dream you want to live. Take one step then another!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
~Thomas A. Edison
Failure is all about perspective and there is no doubt there will be plenty of things that wont work out the way you planned but I think the perspective of Thomas Edison is a good one. As you find new ways not to do something press forward looking for the way it will work.
I switched from colony raising rabbits to raising in cages because I figured out a way not to do it on my homestead.
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
This quote has become my life perspective. The last few years the mental barriers that were built up in my mind that separated me from caring that much about people that lived in other places or were different than me have really broke down. This has had a major impact on the way I homestead, I want to care for the planet I live on, I want to do what I can to make the lives of others better, I want to serve in a way that will make the world a better place for future generations.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
~William Arthur Ward
This quote reminds me of something Bill Mollison (the Father of Permaculture) said “You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency”
This is based on one of Bill’s original principles of permaculture – The problem is the solution.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Education for me comes in the form of two things. First it is to be educated about problems and second it is to be educated about possible solutions. I believe there is way to much focus on the first and not on the second.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Pressing on and persevering is the anthem of every homesteader I know. Also not leaning too much on the successes because tomorrow is a new day which will bring new failures and new successes.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
I believe where we are at as a society when it comes to being educated about our food problems and pollution problems based on chemical use on crops is a direct result of good people doing nothing. It is time for good people to stand and revolt through education of the problem and solutions but not only that but also take control of the food and chemical situation by rising up and taking action. This starts right in out own back yards, organically growing our own food and food for others. Convincing others they should do the same.
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