Be a Gardener. Dig a ditch. Toil and sweat. And turn the earth upside down. And seek the deepness. And water plants in time. Continue this labor. And make sweet floods to run, and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink, and carry it to God as your true worship.— Julian of Norwich
Genuine Digging Ditches quotations
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement.
Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!
I don't want to let my guard down and feel too comfortable.
If you become complacent, you start feeling entitled. I'm ready to go dig ditches if I have to. Whatever I gotta do to provide for my family. Whatever I gotta do to make sure that I do the best possible job at whatever wonderful opportunities I've been handed.
If you listen to everybody's opinions, I mean, I always say I'd be digging a ditch on the side of the road now if I had listened to what everybody told me what to do. You know, you have to follow your heart, you have to.
I don't understand how a musician can play 90 minutes on stage and then not dedicate a little bit of time to hang out at their merch table. It's not like digging a ditch or something; you're standing there thanking people for coming out to see you.
The first thing a writer should be is - excited.
He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Without such vigor, he might as well be out picking peaches or digging ditches; God knows it'd be better for his health.
Dancing, as Fred Astaire said, is next to ditch-digging.
You sweat and you slave and the audience doesn't think you have a brain in your head.
Ritie, don't worry 'cause you ain't pretty.
Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.
I would say I'd rather dig a ditch, you know, do hard, manual labor than write lyrics.
Writing is not an amusing occupation.
It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth.
It's a simplification to say that the men [during Stone Age] went to war to maintain their dominance over the women. The men would help dig agricultural ditches because they were superb farmers. That was very heavy lifting work. But then they just preened themselves, and put bird-of-paradise plumes [in their hair], and smoked dope.
Writing novels is the hardest thing I've ever done, including digging irrigation ditches.
So long as I get some sleep and get to take care of myself and eat healthy and that sort of thing, I'm OK. I'm not out there digging ditches and it's not brain surgery.
A banquet is probably the most fatiguing thing in the world except ditch digging.
I'd advise all you songwriters out there, if you're getting into it for the business, go home and get a job digging ditches or something. Get a life. You'll learn a lot more, and you won't write a lot of rotten poetry.
Writing isn't hard. It isn't any harder than ditch-digging.
I've had an unbelievable life. I've been very lucky. You do create your own luck too, you know? I never forget where I'm from. Whenever I pass a building site or see somebody digging a ditch, I always think, 'That's real work.'
Remember that you can pray any time, anywhere.
Washing dishes, digging ditches, working in the office, in the shop, on the athletic field, even in prison - you can pray and know God hears!
While infrastructure is of course important, it must be part of a bigger vision.
The point is not to simply dig ditches but to steer those investments towards transformational growth.
I have never been able to understand why the tax comes as such a body blow to many people since the rate on long-term capital gain is lower than on most likes of endeavor (tax policy indicated digging ditches is regarded as socially less desirable than shuffling stock certificates).
At the end of the day, I'm reading the news.
I'm not digging ditches. I'm not fighting fires. It's a long day, and it's a lot of responsibility, and it can be a little bewildering sometimes with the schedule. But, you know, it's a job, and they pay me well to do a job.
I don't dig ditches for a living, so I don't really hate going to work.
I chose this for a reason. I would much prefer to be over-worked than under-worked.
Excellence is a signal to God that we are going to dig our ditches but if You don't make it rain, all of this is a waste of time.
My father started on this golf course at Latrobe when he was sixteen years old.
He was digging ditches when they were building the golf course.
I tend to basically exaggerate in life, and in writing, it's fine to exaggerate.
I really enjoy overstating for the purpose of getting a laugh. For another thing, writing is easier than digging ditches. Well, actually, that's an exaggeration. It isn't.
I'd rather dig a ditch than go to a dinner party with people I don't know.
Digging a ditch where madness gives a bit Digging a ditch where silence lives Digging a ditch for when I'm old Digging this ditch my story's told Where all these troubles weigh down on me will rise ..... Where all these questions spinning round my head will die
Some guys dig ditches, I have a band. It's what I do
The seduction of evil is precisely in that it involves us in trying to eliminate it. When your consciousness is open, any action you take in reference to evil has no more significance than digging a ditch to channel floodwaters away from a house.