Just for amusement, here are some proverbs for foragers. A collection of quotes about wild plants, animals and nature – sayings for foraging.
Before eating, always take time to thank your food.
Love this proverb from Japan.
Tade kū mushi mo suki zuki (蓼食う虫も好き好き) Some insects eat water pepper and like it. [There’s no accounting for taste!]
Look for Persicaria hydropiper beside streams and in damp places.
Üres kalász fenn tartja a fejét. An empty husk holds its head up high.
Happamia, sanoi kettu pihlajanmarjoista kun ei niihin yltänyt. Sour, said the fox, to the rowan berries out of reach. [Sour grapes]
Look for the red berries of Sorbus acuparia to make jellies and sauces.
Kuin kaksi marjaa. Like two berries. [Like two peas in a pod]
In Finland there are many edible wild berries in the Vacinnium species.
Not every sweet root gives birth to sweet grass.
Although its often the other way round!
A tree does not move unless there is wind. An Afghan proverb. In Hungarian it goes: Nem zörög a haraszt, ha nem fúj a szél. Dry leaves don’t rustle if no wind blows. [There’s no smoke without a fire]
Even a white flower casts a black shadow.
Painted flowers have no scent.
Nem esik messze az alma a fájától.
An apple never falls far from the tree.
A dead bee makes no honey.
A man who chases two rabbits catches none.
Bagoly mondja verébnek, hogy nagyfejű. The owl tells the sparrow that her head is big. [The pot calling the kettle black]
One swallow does not a summer make.
Every path has its puddle.
A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
And a few sayings:
Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books.
George Washington Carver
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Nature does not hurry, yet everything gets done.
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mold myself.
Henry David Thoreau