A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 19, 2014
“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds…”

"Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds” has been printed on many posters that have been on the walls of many schools. “Our Mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds” was cited in print in 2007. Authorship is unknown.

“A little child’s mind is like a garden; the seeds you plant there in grow either into weeds or flowers and both are hard to dig out” was cited in print in 1961. “The mind is a garden where thought flowers grow, the thoughts that we think are seeds that we sow”—a slightly different poem—was cited in 1962.


12 November 1961, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), “You Can Do It” by Steve Ellingson, sec. 5, pg. 8, col. 1:
A little child’s mind is like a garden; the seeds you plant there in grow either into weeds or flowers and both are hard to dig out.

14 August 1962, Pella (IA) Chronicle, “Bethany Willing Workers Meet,” pg. 4, col. 5:
The precious thought given by Pauline Boot was “The mind is a garden where thought flowers grow, the thoughts that we think are seeds that we sow.”

Life 101—From the Heart of Alabama By Rick Watson
Saturday, January 27, 2007
For What It’s Worth
(...)
Gardening has been often used as a metaphor for life:
“As you sew, so shall you reap”
or
“Our Mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds
You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”

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Your mind is a garden.Your thoughts are the seeds.You can grow flowers or You can grow weeds ...
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Your mind is your garden. Your thoughts are the seeds.
You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.
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Your mind is your garden, your thoughts are your seeds, you can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds - unknown.
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~ Your mind is your garden, your thoughts are your seeds.  You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds. ~
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Google Books
Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student:
Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-based Approach

By Elsie Jones-Smith
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC
2011
Pg. 98:
YOUR MIND
“Your mind is a garden
Your thoughts are the seeds.
You can grow flowers or
You can grow weeds.”
—Author Unknown

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Friday, December 19, 2014 • Permalink


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