This collection of mushroom quotes examines this remarkable organism on many fronts. Mushrooms and fungi can be used for medicine, food, textiles, fiber, packaging material, and more. There are over one and half million species of fungi on the planet.
Sometimes called a toadstool, a mushroom is a type of fungus that sometimes grows above ground, on soil, or its source of food, e.g., a tree.
Best Mushroom Quotes
1.) A truly good book is something as wildly natural and primitive, mysterious and marvelous, ambrosial and fertile as a fungus or a lichen.
Henry David Thoreau
2.) Fungi constitute the most poorly understood and underappreciated kingdom of life on Earth.
3.) Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.
4.) I look at trees, hunt mushrooms, and watch animals. Fishing is what gets me out into the woods, so I can notice these things.
John D. Voelker
5.) By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented us at different times, as we see things in growth or dissolution, in life or death. And seen with the eye of the poet, as God sees them, all things are alive and beautiful.
Henry David Thoreau
Good Mushroom Quotes
6.) The world is a skyscraper! Don’t always stay on the same floor! Go upstairs, go downstairs; visit the lives of other tenants! Visit eagles, and visit mushrooms!
Mehmet Murat ildan
7.) The sudden appearance of mushrooms after a summer rain is one of the more impressive spectacles of the plant world.
John Tyler Bonner
8.) Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him.
9.) The only evil that associates itself with mushrooms is taking too little.
Dr. Rosalind Watts Mushroom Quotes
10.) In a forest, you can see one-third of it, which is the trees. But two-thirds are underground. It’s like the roots that go down. And the way trees communicate with each other is through mycelium. And mycelium is a mushroom. It’s a fungus.
The whole of the forest communicates through this layer of mushrooms. Mushrooms are a great connector, and you can think about that analogy… imagine yourself as a tree. And you’ve got your trunk, which is your connection to yourself.
You’ve got your branches which are your ideas going out. And then you’ve got your roots, and you’ve got this layer of mycelium, and you’re connected to all these other people. And so to make your tree grow really strong, it’s about your place in the forest. You’re not standing alone.
Funny Mushroom Sayings
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11.) Falling in love is like eating mushrooms; you never know if it’s the real thing until it’s too late.
12.) Mushrooms grow in damp places. That’s why they are shaped like an umbrella.
13.) I’m hoping that the more you see me, the more I’ll grow on you. Like a fungus?
14.) Maitake mushrooms are known in Japan as the dancing mushroom. According to a Japanese legend, a group of Buddhist nuns and woodcutters met on a mountain trail, where they discovered a fruiting of maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at their discovery of this delicious mushroom, they danced to celebrate.
15.) Advice is like mushrooms. The wrong kind can prove fatal.
Charles E. McKenzie
Short Mushroom Quotes
Here are some shorter-than-average mushroom quotes.
16.) If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.
17.) Money isn’t like mushrooms in a forest – it doesn’t just pop up on its own, you know.
18.) People are going to start realizing, why take those antibiotics that are extracts of mushrooms? Why not just have the mushrooms?
19.) You have to treat yourself like a mushroom to some degree in order to keep on discovering things.
20.) Mushrooms are fungus, and fungus reminds me of feet, and I don’t eat feet.
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Health Benefits Mushroom Insights
Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health.
Today, reishi stands out as one the most valuable of all polypore mushrooms in nature for the benefit of our health. Many naturopaths and doctors prefer organically-grown reishi from pristine environments because they are more pure.
Of all mushrooms commonly consumed, oyster mushrooms in the genus Pleurotus stand out as exceptional allies for improving human and environmental health. These mushrooms enjoy a terrific reputation as the easiest to cultivate, richly nutritious, and medicinally supportive.
Consuming mushrooms regularly has been associated with decreased risk of breast, stomach, and colorectal cancers.
Lions mane may be our first smart mushroom. It is a safe, edible fungus that appears to confer cognitive benefits on our aging population.
Mushrooms have many helpful nutrients, including beta-glucans for immune enhancement, ergothioneine for antioxidative potentiation, nerve growth stimulators for helping brain function, and antimicrobial compounds for limiting viruses.
Growing the mycelium of the Chaga mushroom under laboratory conditions provides an ecologically friendly alternative supply of this unique medicinal mushroom.
Enoki mushrooms, a tasty variety commonly sold in grocery stores, were one of the first mushrooms studied for preventing cancer.
See Sayings by John Muir.
Mushrooms Quotes Related to Food
All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.
If you do not know where the mushroom products you are consuming are grown, think twice before eating them.
I love portobello mushrooms. I often say that if I were a vegetarian, I would live off of these. Now, it would never happen, but it’s still nice to know that they exist. So meaty, so flavorful.
Although oyster mushrooms have been studied extensively and support health in a number of ways, it is also extremely important to always cook oyster mushrooms!
These mushroom quotes are about cooking with mushrooms.
A meal without mushrooms is like a day without rain.
Never crowd a pan with too many mushrooms. They give off an enormous amount of moisture. And there’s nothing worse than a braised mushroom, other than a lot of braised mushrooms.
It’s interesting to try to imagine how early humans discovered what was edible and what wasn’t. Who figured out that when you cooked stinging nettles, the sting would go away completely? How many people had to die before the relative toxicity of wild mushrooms became widely known?
Mushrooms: Ecosystem Services Provider
From dead plant matter to nematodes to bacteria, never underestimate the cleverness of mushrooms to find new food!
Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration.
I thought a forest was made up entirely of trees, but now I know that the foundation lies below ground, in the fungi.
Mycologists are few and far between. We are underfunded poorly represented in the context of other sciences – ironic as the very foundation of our ecosystems are directly dependent upon fungi, which ultimately create the foundation of soils.
Cycling Specialist Mushroom Quotes
The world depends on fungi because they are major players in the cycling of materials and energy around the world.
E. O. Wilson
If a healthy soil is full of death, it is also full of life: worms, fungi, microorganisms of all kinds — Given only the health of the soil, nothing that dies is dead for very long.
If you look on the fungal genome as being soldier candidates protecting the U.S. as our host defense, not only for the ecosystem but for our population… we should be saving our old-growth forests as a matter of national defense.
Mycelium is Earth’s natural Internet.
I believe that mycelium is the neurological network of nature. Interlacing mosaics of mycelium infuse habitats with information-sharing membranes. These membranes are aware, react to change, and collectively have the long-term health of the host environment in mind. The mycelium stays in constant molecular communication with its environment, devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to complex challenges.
Mushrooms: More Than What You See
If bacteria can be pictured as teeming black ants under the microscope, imagine fungi as gossamer spider webs. These organisms form long threads called hyphae that stretch between plant roots. Some form into even larger masses called mycelium that can span an entire backyard.
Mushrooms were the roses in the garden of that unseen world because the real mushroom plant was underground. The parts you could see – what most people called a mushroom – was just a brief apparition—a cloud flower.
Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death.
Through the genius of evolution, the Earth has selected fungal networks as a governing force managing ecosystems.
Attend to mushrooms, and all other things will answer up.
Psycholodelic Mushroom Quotations
Psychedelics prove to you that there’s more than one way of seeing the world.
I believe that our ability to be strong, healthy, and self-aware is deeply connected to our ability to do good in the world and take care of ourselves and the people around us. And so, I view psychedelics–and more specifically– well-supported psychedelic psychotherapy as being a wonderfully powerful tool for the kinds of changes we need as a society.
Surrealism, to me, is reality. Psychedelic vision is reality to me and always was.
Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third-story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behavior and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.
A new form of consciousness
If those dried-up little scraps of fungus taught me anything, it is that there are other stranger forms of consciousness available to us.
Hallucinogens are a value changer — like it or not; it changes your values, it opens up windows, doors of perceptions was what Aldous Huxley called them.
Psilocybin can offer a means to reconnect to our true nature—our authentic self—and thereby help find meaning in our lives.
With psychedelics, if you’re fortunate and breakthrough, you understand what is truly of value in life. Material, power, dominance, and territory have no value. People wouldn’t fight wars, and the whole system we have currently would fall apart. People would become peaceful, loving citizens, not robots marching around in the dark with all their lights off.
Magic Mushrooms: Internal Examination
What if, through responsible exploration with psychedelics, we free our minds? Free-thinkers are more difficult to manipulate and control, which begs the question: Why are psychedelics illegal?
After having personally conducted over the last fifty years more than four thousand psychedelic sessions, I have developed great awe and respect for these compounds and their enormous potential, both positive and negative. They are powerful tools, and, like any tool, they can be used skillfully, ineptly, or destructively. The result will be critically dependent on the set and setting.
I believe this theme—love, the need to reconnect with our true selves—addresses the underlying outcome of our psilocybin studies. Yet very often, we’re afraid to open ourselves to this connection, so we put up barriers and wear masks. If we are able to remove the barriers, to let down our defenses, we can begin to know and accept ourselves, thus allowing ourselves to receive and to give love.
I think of going to the Grave without having a Psychedelic Experience is like going to the Grave without ever having Sex. It means that you never Figured out what it is all about. The Mystery is in the Body and the way the Body Works itself into nature.
We don’t do psychedelics all the time, not in the least. It’s an experience, though, that never leaves you. It stays with you for your whole life, and the learning and the lessons just grow and evolve.
Using psychedelics can not only bring pain points to the surface for healing but can reduce the anxiety or response to these [traumatic] memories and allow them to speak openly about them without the pain they bring.
The potential of the psychedelic drugs to provide access to the interior universe is, I believe, their most valuable property.
It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it’s healthy that people should have this experience.
Questioning the rules of the game
Part of what psychedelics do is they decondition you from cultural values. This is what makes it such a political hot potato. Since all culture is a kind of con game, the most dangerous candy you can hand out is one which causes people to start questioning the rules of the game.
How odd it is that writers like Belloc and Chesterton may sing the praises of alcohol (which is responsible for about two-thirds of the car accidents and three-quarters of the crimes of violence) and be regarded as good Christians and noble fellows.
Whereas anyone who ventures to suggest that there may be other and less harmful shortcuts to self-transcendence is treated as a dangerous drug fiend and wicked perverter of weak-minded humanity.
I’m not a mushroom; I’m a fungi!
Help me; I’m in truffle.
Shitake just got real.
The mushrooms are calling, and I must go.
Funny Fungi Captions for Instagram
All mushrooms are edible — sometimes only once.
Please scoot over; there’s not mushroom.
Time to forage.
While appearing stern, mushrooms are really fun guys.
By Brenna O’Halloran
Brenna is an outdoor teacher who calls Santa Cruz, California home. She enjoys biking, climbing, and foraging for mushrooms.
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