Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

— Luther Burbank

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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.

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The greatest happiness in the world is to make others happy.

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

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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.

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We must return to nature and nature's god.

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Heredity is nothing but stored environment.

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Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.

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Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion;

give them nature... Do not terrify them in early life with the fear of an after-world. Never was a child made more noble and good by the fear of a hell.

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It is well for people who think, to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean.

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A flower is an educated weed.

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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.

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

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About Luther Burbank

Quotes 66 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Environmentalist
Birthday 7 March 1849

Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion; give them nature

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

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Several of my young acquaintances are in their graves who gave promise of making happy and useful citizens and there is no question whatever that cigarettes alone were the cause of their destruction. No boy living would commence the use of cigarettes if he knew what a useless, soulless, worthless thing they would make of him.

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Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful;

they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.

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Children are the greatest sufferers from outgrown theologies.

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The time has come for honest men to denounce false teachers and attack false gods.

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As a scientist, I can not help feeling that all religions are on a tottering foundation. None is perfect or inspired.The idea that a good God would send people to a burning hell is utterly damnable to me. I don't want to have anything to do with such a God.

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Prayer may be elevating if combined with work, and they who labor with head, hands or feet have faith and are generally quite sure of an immediate and favorable reply.

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Men should stop fighting among themselves and start fighting insects.

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I have learned from Nature that dependence on unnatural beliefs weakens us in the struggle and shortens our breath for the race.

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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.

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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.

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Science . . . has opened our eyes to the vastness of the universe and given us light, truth and freedom from fear where once was darkness, ignorance and superstition. There is no personal salvation, except through science.

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As a scientist, I cannot help feeling that all religions are on a tottering foundation . . . I am an infidel today. I do not believe what had been served to me to believe. I am a doubter, a questioner, a skeptic. When it can be proved to me that there is immortality, that there is resurrection beyond the gates of death, then will I believe. Until then, no.

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Let us read the Bible without the ill-fitting colored spectacles of theology, just as we read other books, using our judgment and reason. . . .

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

While I was conducting experiments to make spineless cacti, I often talked to the plants. . . . "You have nothing to fear," I would tell them. "You don't need your defensive thorns. I will protect you." Gradually the useful plant of the desert emerged in a thornless variety.

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Science, unlike theology, never leads to insanity.

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Nature is not personal. She is the compound of all these processes which move through the universe to effect the results we know as Life and of all the ordinances which govern that universe and that make Life continuous. She is no more the Hebrew's Jehovah than she is the Physicist's Force; she is as much Providence as she is Electricity; she is not the Great Pattern any more than she is the Blind Chance.

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Science, which is only another name for truth, now holds religious charlatans, self-deceivers and God agents in a certain degree of check--agents and employees, I mean, of a mythical, medieval, man-made God, anthropomorphic in constitution.

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The clear light of science teaches us that we must be our own saviors, if we are to be found worth saving.

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Those who would legislate against the teaching of evolution should also legislate against gravity, electricity and the unreasonable velocity of light, and also, should introduce a clause to prevent the use of the telescope, the microscope and the spectroscope or any other instrument of precision which may in the future be invented, constructed or used for the discovery of truth.

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The integrity of one's own mind is of infinitely more value than adherence to any creed or system. We must choose between a dead faith belonging to the past and a living, growing ever-advancing science belonging to the future.

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The idea that a good God would send people to a burning hell is utterly damnable to me - the raving of insanity, superstition gone to seed! I want no part of such a God.

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Although I went to college as a youth, I never considered it necessary to steep oneself in academic learning, in order to learn how to think. I welcome a fair and square, open and above-board fight on any subject, including this, but I despise a man who sneaks around under a cloak or cover of any society or clique to strike his blows.

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What is the use of assuring Fundamentalists that science is compatible with religion. They retort at once, Certainly not with our religion.

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All my work has come about through a change in my earlier opinion of religion.

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Those who take refuge behind theological barbed wire fences, quite often wish they could have more freedom of thought, but fear the change to the great ocean of truth as they would a cold bath.

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The lure of happiness and the fear of pain .

. . are the two forces which have through untold millenniums kept what we usually call life from destruction by the ever encroaching outside forces of destruction.

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Nature's law affirm instead of prohibit.

If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.

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Most people’s religion is what they want to believe, not what they do believe.

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I am an infidel. I know what an infidel is, and that's what I am.

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Plants are as responsive to thought as children.

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The theory of Reincarnation, which originated in India, has been welcomed in other countries. Without doubt, it is one of the most sensible and satisfying of all religions that mankind has conceived. This, like the others, comes from the best qualities of human nature, even if in this, as in the others, its adherents sometimes fail to carry out the principles in their lives.

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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.

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However, when it can be proved to me that there is immortality, that there is resurrection beyond the gates of death, then will I believe. Until then, no.

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The serenity produced by the contemplation and philosophy of nature is the only remedy for prejudice, superstition, and inordinate self-importance, teaching us that we are all a part of Nature herself, strengthening the bond of sympathy which should exist between ourselves and our brother man. . .

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Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.

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