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Luther Burbank Quotes


An American botanist, horticulturist and a pioneer in agricultural science.
(1849 - 1926)

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.
[Nature]
 

For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.
 

Heredity is nothing but stored environment.
[Heredity]
 

I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection.
 

If we cannot meet our everyday surroundings with equanimity and pleasure and grow each day in some useful direction, then ... life is on the road toward misfortune, misery and destruction.
[One Day]
 

If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.
 

If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
 

In the span of my own lifetime I observed such wondrous progress in plant evolution that I look forward optimistically to a healthy, happy world as soon as its children are taught the principles of simple and rational living.
 

It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean. For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.
[Prejudice]
 

Less than fifteen per cent of the people do any original thinking on any subject. The greatest torture in the world for most people is to think.
 

Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature.
 

The greatest happiness in the world is to make others happy.
[Helping Other People]
 

The scientist is a lover of truth for the very love of truth itself, wherever it may lead.
 

The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.
 

We must return to nature and nature's god.