quote by Henry Cloud

Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something's time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.

— Henry Cloud

Astounding Pruned quotations

God prunes us when He is about to take us into a new season of growth and expansion.

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.

Oh East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.

Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water.

And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.


Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study;

and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.

The regenerated do not go to war, nor engage in strife.

They are children of peace who have beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning forks, and know no war.

According to the statistics, a man eats a prune every twenty seconds.

I don't know who this fellow is, but I know where to find him.

The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.


A human being sheds its leaves like a tree.

Sickness prunes it down; and it no longer offers the same silhouette to the eyes which loved it, to the people to whom it afforded shade and comfort.

Happiness is discovering the prune juice your doctor ordered you to drink has fermented.

The suffering of this life not only can make our temperament more like the Divine Personality of Jesus, but it detaches us from this world. This Divine preparation opens our souls to the working and pruning of the Father.

The Falcon and the Dove sit there together, And th 'one of them doth prune the others feather.

Rearing three children is like growing a cactus, a gardenia, and a tubful of impatiens. Each needs varying amounts of water, sunlight and pruning. Were I to be absolutely fair, I would have to treat each child as if he or she were absolutely identical to the other siblings, and there would be no profit for anyone in that.


If you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling.

Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what's the point?

The purpose of pruning is to improve the quality of the roses, not to hurt the bush.

I worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes.

I slept on the ground in the light of the moon. On the edge of the city you'll see us and then, we come with the dust and we go with the wind.

As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscellaneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points.

Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water.


If you take cranberries and stew them like apple sauce, it tastes much more like prunes than rhubarb does.

For the sake of humanity it is devoutly to be wished that the manly employment of agriculture and the humanizing benefits of commerce would supersede the waste of war and the rage of conquest; and the swords might be turned into ploughshares, the spears into pruning-hooks, and as the Scripture expresses it, "the nations learn war no more.

Forced to choose, the poor, like the rich, love money more than political liberty; and the only political freedom capable of enduring is one that is so pruned as to keep the rich from denuding the poor by ability or subtlety and the poor from robbing the rich by violence or votes.

Genius will live and thrive without training, but it does not the less reward the watering pot and the pruning knife.

A youth, like a tree, needs pruning.


Leaders who fail to prune their pride will meet demise.

That's not a guess, it's a guarantee. With pride, it's not a matter of 'if' we will fall, but 'when.' There are no exceptions.

...the true spirit of gastronomic joylessness. Porridge fills the Englishman up, and prunes clear him out.

The vinedresser is never nearer the branches then when he is pruning them.

American Danish can be doughy, heavy, sticky, tasting of prunes and is usually wrapped in cellophane. Danish Danish is light, crisp, buttery and often tastes of marzipan or raisins; it is seldom wrapped in anything but loving care.

Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.


Before most people start boasting about their family tree, they already have done a good pruning job.

If anything is endemic to Wyoming it is wind.

This big room of space is swept out daily, leaving a bone yard of fossils, agates, and carcasses in every stage of decay. Though it was water that initially shaped the state, wind is the meticulous gardener, raising dust and pruning the sage.

The seed of God's Word won't grow to fruitfulness without pruning for rest, quiet, and calm

Prune what is turgid, elevate what is commonplace, arrange what is disorderly, introduce rhythm where the language is harsh, modify where it is too absolute.

Life is a copiously branching bush, continually pruned by the grim reaper of extinction, not a ladder of predictable progress.

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