Words Of Wisdom From An Old Farmer

I never knew that old Macdonald could be so wise:

1. Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

2. Keep skunks and bankers at a Distance.

3. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

4. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

5. Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

6. Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

7. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

8. Do not corner something that you know is meaner’n you.

9. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

10. You cannot unsay a cruel word.

11. Every path has a few puddles.

12. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

13. The best sermons are lived, not preached.

14. Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

15. Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

16. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

17. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

18. Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin you none.

19. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

20. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

21. Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

22. The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from The mirror every mornin’.

23. Always drink upstream from the herd.

24. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

25. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

26. If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

27. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

28. Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he’s too old to fight, he’ll jus’ kill you…

~ Proverbs From A Farmer


  1. Love these, Jason. “Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.” “Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.” “Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.” “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” The last one bears a startling resemblance to one of mine: “No one ever got out of a hole by digging themselves in deeper.” Where did you “dig” these up?

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi NP, I found these off a Men’s forum that I regurlarly frequent. My curiosity got the better of me, as it prompted me to find out who was the actual owner of these wise words. So I did a quick google search, but found that quite a few sites had these aphorisms, and only attributed them to a one “Farmer” or a “Farmer’s Proverbs” – don’t ask me which one.

    It would be nice to know who actually wrote all these.

  3. Probably, it’s a compilation from a variety of sources, rather than the work of one person.