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Liberty Hyde Bailey
(15 Mar 1858 - 25 Dec 1954)

American horticulturist.


Science Quotes by Liberty Hyde Bailey (7 quotes)

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because some one expended effort on them.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
In Philip Dorf, Liberty Hyde Bailey: An Informal Biography: a Pioneer Educator in Horticulture (1956), 83.
Science quotes on:  |  Ambition (34)  |  Attention (121)  |  Effort (144)  |  Expend (3)  |  Fulfill (19)  |  Garden (34)  |  Good Intention (2)  |  Grow (99)  |  Horticulture (9)  |  Labor (73)  |  Merely (82)  |  Patient (125)  |  Plant (200)  |  Require (85)  |  Satisfy (27)  |  Thrive (13)

I have no patience with the doctrine of “pure science,”—that science is science only as it is uncontaminated by application in the arts of life: and I have no patience with the spirit that considers a piece of work to be legitimate only as it has direct bearing on the arts and affairs of men. We must discover all things that are discoverable and make a record of it: the application will take care of itself.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
In 'The Survey Idea in Country Life', collected in John Phelan, Readings in Rural Sociology (1920), 480.
Science quotes on:  |  Affair (29)  |  Application (170)  |  Art (294)  |  Bearing (9)  |  Consider (81)  |  Direct (84)  |  Discover (199)  |  Doctrine (75)  |  Legitimate (14)  |  Life (1131)  |  Patience (39)  |  Piece (38)  |  Pure Science (24)  |  Record (68)  |  Spirit (154)  |  Work (635)

If a person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
In The Pruning-Book: A Monograph of the Pruning and Training of Plants (1898), 134.
Science quotes on:  |  Devoid (11)  |  Emotion (78)  |  Job (43)  |  Love (224)  |  Person (154)  |  Plant (200)  |  Poor (58)  |  Prune (7)

My life has been a continuous fulfillment of dreams. It appears that everything I saw and did has a new, and perhaps, more significant meaning, every time I see it. The earth is good. It is a privilege to live thereon.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
In The National Gardener (1952?), 7.
Science quotes on:  |  Continuous (38)  |  Dream (167)  |  Earth (638)  |  Fulfillment (16)  |  Good (345)  |  Life (1131)  |  Live (272)  |  Meaning (113)  |  New (496)  |  Privilege (26)  |  Significant (36)

The scientific method is only imagination set within bounds. … Facts are bridged by imagination. They are tied together by the thread of speculation. The very essence of science is to reason from the known to the unknown.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
In Philip Dorf, Liberty Hyde Bailey: An Informal Biography: a Pioneer Educator in Horticulture (1956), 136.
Science quotes on:  |  Bound (16)  |  Bridge (30)  |  Essence (55)  |  Fact (733)  |  Imagination (275)  |  Know (556)  |  Reason (471)  |  Science (2067)  |  Scientific Method (166)  |  Speculation (104)  |  Thread (18)  |  Tie (24)  |  Unknown (107)

The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
In Philip Dorf, Liberty Hyde Bailey: An Informal Biography: a Pioneer Educator in Horticulture (1956), 227.
Science quotes on:  |  Carry (59)  |  Education (347)  |  Purpose (194)  |  Sunset (22)  |  Teach (188)  |  Triumph (46)  |  True (208)

When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
In Philip Dorf, Liberty Hyde Bailey: An Informal Biography: a Pioneer Educator in Horticulture (1956), 224.
Science quotes on:  |  Acquaint (9)  |  Alone (106)  |  Himself (12)  |  Traveler (26)


See also:
  • 15 Mar - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Bailey's birth.
  • Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated..., by Liberty Hyde Bailey. - book suggestion.

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