Country Life Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old country life quotes, country life sayings, and country life proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

City life is no life for a country man; for such a man that life is a kind of damnation in itself. Stephen King
The whole race of scribblers flies from the town and yearns for country life. Horace
One gets, sensitive about losing mornings after getting a little used to them with living in a country. Each one of these endlessly varied daybreaks is an opera but once performed. Nathaniel Parker Willis
City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life. Mason Cooley
Being in the country is like being in a dream, one doesn't quite know who one is. There is an anonymity to it all, that strange human creature that is me, one among all. Meia Geddes
I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me; and to me High mountains are a feeling, but the hum Of human cities torture. Lord Byron
There is a vast deal of make-believe in the carefully nurtured sentiment for country life, and the barefoot boy, and the mountain girl. Agnes Repplier
Warm familiar scents drift softly from the oven, and imprint forever upon our hearts that this is home and that we are loved. Arlene Stafford-Wilson
The city, no matter how small, is corrupt and unrepentant, while the sun shines brighter in the country, making people more wholesome. Lori Lansens
Cow dung and horse dung, as muck goes, are relatively agreeable. You can even become nostalgic about them. They smell of fermented grain, and on the far side of their smell there is hay and grass. John Berger
Country life has its advantages, he used to say. You sit on the veranda drinking tea and your ducklings swim on the pond, and everything smells good and there are gooseberries. Anton Chekhov
The milking machines sounded tranquilizing, and there was the collegiality of seventy animal spirits thriving, warming the barn with cud-chewing, nose-snuffling, and sisterly mammalhood. Edward Hoagland
The country is lyric, the town dramatic. When mingled, they make the most perfect musical drama. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper
The city reveals the moral ends of being, and sets the awful problem of life. The country soothes us, refreshes us, lifts us up with religious suggestion. Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Not by human dwellings not in crowded cities alone, are the sights and sounds of life. The wildest places of the earth are full of them. Solomon Northup
What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry. Laurie Lee
If country life be healthful to the body, it is no less so to the mind. Giovanni Ruffini
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. Anais Nin
And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way. John Steinbeck
Sir, when you have seen one green field, you have seen all green fields. Let us walk down Cheapside. Johnson
The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God; but in cities little else but the works of men. And the one makes a better subject for contemplation than the other. William Penn
I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country. Amos Bronson Alcott
Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. Oscar Wilde
Country things are the necessary root of our life and that remains true even of a rootless and tragically urban civilization. To live permanently away from the country is a form of slow death. Esther Meynell
Scenes must be beautiful which daily view'd. Please daily, and whose novelty survives .Long knowledge and the scrutiny of years. William Cowper
A contrast between country and city, as fundamental ways of life, reaches back into classical times. Raymond Williams
The country habit has me by the heart. Vita Sackville West
I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein
This pure air braces the listless nerves, and warms the blood: I feel in freedom here. Joanna Baillie
There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy. Amos Bronson Alcott
Knowledge and power in the city; peace and decency in the country. Mason Cooley
He who marries a wife reared on the land marries strength and purity and compassion. Beecher
Far from the gay cities, and the ways of men. Homer
We need only to close our eyes and we are back on the Third Line, walking up the lane, through the yard and entering the bright, warm kitchen. We are home again. Arlene Stafford-Wilson
There is nothing good to be had in the country, or, if there be, they will not let you have it. William Hazlitt
Men are taught virtue and a love of independence by living in the country. Menander
In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely. Geoffrey F. Fisher
Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds, exhilirate the spirit, and restore the tone of languid nature. William Cowper
I think the jokes would have been a bit broader and a bit more obvious in terms of the day-to-day of country life. Simon Pegg
Nothing ages a woman like living in the country. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
I suppose the pleasure of country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live. Vita Sackville-West
Once wealth and beauty are gone, there is always rural life. Mason Cooley
People have a tendency to see country life through rose-colored glasses. PJ Harvey
The country is laid out in a haphazard, sloppy fashion, offensive to the tidy, organized mind. Alan Brien
Country acquaintances are charming only in the country and only in the summer. In the city in winter they lose half of their appeal. Anton Chekhov
No, in country money, the country scale of gain, The requisite lift of spirit has never been found. Robert Frost
The old brown hen and the old blue sky, Between the two we live and die The broken cartwheel on the hill. Wallace Stevens
In isolated or country places no man's life is safe. John White Geary
True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. Garth Brooks
To preserve the lives of citizens, is the greatest virtue in the father of his country. Seneca
In the country, without any interference from the law, the agricultural life favors the permanence of families. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Improving the quality of life for people of this country is perhaps the most important duty of Government. John Prescott
In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning point. Nathaniel Hawthorne
This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am. James Joyce
Culture of life is really important for a country to have if it's going to be a hospitable society. George W. Bush
Developed country is one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment. Kofi Annan
At a moment that comes rarely in the life of a country. It is a time when destiny is ours to hold. Paul Martin
A first walk in any new country is one of the things which make life on this planet worth being grateful for. Charles William Beebe
There is nothing more beautiful than cheerfulness in an old face, and among country people it is always a sign of a well regulated life. Richter
There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair. John F. Kennedy
I hate the countrie's dirt and manners, yet I love the silence. I embrace the wit. A courtship, flowing here in full tide. But loathe the expense, the vanity and pride. No place each way is happy. William Habington
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. Robert Louis Stevenson
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. Mary Ritter Beard
All of us we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations. Barack Obama
English country life is more like Chekhov than The Archers or Thomas Hardy or even the Updike ethic with which it is sometimes compared. Jane Gardam
There is a city myth that country life was isolated and lonely. The truth is that farmers and their families then had a richer social life than they have now. They enjoyed a society organic, satisfying and whole, not mixed and thinned with the life of town, city and nation as it now is. Rose Wilder Lane
The manner of the country makes the usage of life there, and the land will not be lived in except in its own fashion. Mary Austin
Them Injuns. Takin the country off em. In good times it must've been a fine life they had, huntin and fishin or driftin down the country on the trail of the buffalo. I ain't sure what we'll do to the country will be any better. Louis L'Amour
In the country one sees only nature's fair works, and one's soul is not saddened by the cruel struggle for mere existence that goes on in the crowded city. Helen Keller
Of the whole sum of human life no small part is that which consists of a man's relations to his country, and his feelings concerning it. Gladstone