On Seeds

Seedsa seemingly simple biological design for promoting the continuation of a species that also displays beauty, yet its complexity also serves as a useful metaphor

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds. (Khalil Gibran)


If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me. (William Shakespeare)

Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed. (Thomas Moore)

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds. (Norman Vincent Peale)

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. (Confucius)

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. (William Alexander)

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown. (Stephen Jay Gould)

Seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them. (Joseph Henry)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. (Morihei Ueshiba)
The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. (Robert Fritz)
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth. (Susan L. Taylor)
To see things in the seed, that is genius. (Lao Tzu)
I enjoy ornamental grasses, and these images are from my neighborhood. Do you have a favorite picture or saying here? If I didn’t list your favorite seed saying, feel free to share it.