with good comes the struggle
- "They cultivate their gardens with great care, so that they have vines, fruits, herbs, and flowers in them; and all is so well ordered, and so finely kept, that I never saw gardens anywhere that were both so fruitful and so beautiful as theirs. And this humor of ordering their gardens so well is not only kept up by the pleasure they find in it, but also by an emulation between the inhabitants of the several streets, who vie with each other; and there is indeed nothing belonging to the whole town that is both more useful and more pleasant." ~ "BOOK II: OF THEIR TOWNS, PARTICULARLY OF AMAUROT"
- "Besides agriculture, which is so common to them all, every man has some peculiar trade to which he applies himself, such as the manufacture of wool, or flax, masonry, smith's work, or carpenter's work; for there is no sort of trade that is not in great esteem among them...And if after a person has learned one trade, he desires to acquire another, that is also allowed, and is managed in the same manner as the former." ~ "BOOK II: OF THEIR TRADES, AND MANNER OF LIFE"