Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
— Douglas William Jerrold

Once while St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, What would you do it you were suddenly to learn that you were to die at sunset today? He replied, I would finish hoeing my garden.
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Bowed by the weight of centuries he leansUpon his hoe and gazes on the ground,The emptiness of ages in his face,And on his back the burden of the world.Who made him dead to rapture and despair,A thing that grieves not and that never hopes,Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox?Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?Whose was the hand that slanted back this brow?Whose breath blew out the light within this brain?
— Edwin Markham

Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world.
— Edwin Markham

To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe,to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life -this is the commonest delight of the race,the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
— hoe quotation by Charles Dudley Warner