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Tree Quotes and Sayings
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Please enjoy these Tree Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Related topics: Spiritual Live-By Unity

Fear is the root of the tree of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree
is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
- Burton Hills

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

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Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
- Khalil Gibran

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Great talents are the most lovely
and often the most dangerous
fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs
that are easily snapped off.
- Carl Jung

A tree that is unbending, is easily broken.
- Lao Tzu

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

Have you ever hugged a tree?
Hug a tree, and one day you will come to know
that it is not only that
you have hugged the tree
but that the tree also responds,
the tree also hugs you.
- Osho

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore.
There is always something to make you wonder
in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
- Albert Schweitzer

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers,
but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.
- Ikkyu Sojun

Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree.
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms,
but which will bloom most constantly?
- Emily Bronte

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring,
you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
- Walter Scott

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
- Carolus Linnaeus

I am a plain ordinary magnificent creation of God,
just like every other plain ordinary
mountain, ocean, tree, animal, and human.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
- Albert Einstein

You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird
or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
- Hal Borland

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider,
every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
- Martin Luther

If you plan for a year, plant a seed.
If for ten years, plant a tree.
If for a hundred years, teach the people.
When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest.
When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung

Be not like the sugarcane -
do not hold your sweetness inside.
Be like the fruit tree -
be generous with your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie (inspired by Tagore)

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone,
play a slide trombone, plant a small tree,
good God, now you're free.
- Ray Manzarek

One will never again look at a birch tree,
after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
- Paul Muldoon

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
- Joyce Kilmer

Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone
planted a tree a long time ago.
- Les Brown

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire,
in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a
dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
- Hal Borland

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree
is connected with that of man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Emancipation from the bondage of the soil
is no freedom for the tree.
- Rabindranath Tagore

First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall.
Then I climb the tree and shake each limb,
and then each branch and then each twig,
and then I look under each leaf.
- Martin Luther

Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree -
they bear no fruit.
- Francis Marion

To campaign against colonialism is like barking up
a tree that has already been cut down.
- Andrew Cohen

I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree,
past the trunk and up into the branches.
It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

You should issue demerits for tree cutting or the destruction of humus.
- Donella Meadows

Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree,
then mount the stump for a speech on conservation.
- Adlai Stevenson

Nothing the desert produces expresses it better than
the unhappy growth of the tree yuccas.
- Mary Austin

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
- Thomas Fuller

I always figure I have this tree and there's always
some green fruit that's not ready to pick or blossoms
that are ready to flower;
there are always some ready to drop off too.
- Graeme Murphy

A man doesn't plant a tree for himself.
He plants it for posterity.
- Alexander Smith

I like to think of thoughts as living blossoms borne by the human tree.
- James Douglas

The ripest peach is highest on the tree.
- James Whitcomb Riley

A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them,
the better they be.
- Thomas Fuller

In the perception of a tree we can distinguish the act of experiencing,
or perceiving, from the thing experienced,
or perceived.
- Samuel Alexander

Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest,
the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
- Lord Byron

Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me.
Tax that fellow behind the tree.'
- Russell B. Long

He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit,
He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.
- Walter Scott

Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy;
I drop my fruits like a ripe tree.
What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern.
- Henry Miller

The first guy who came up with the concept of religion
was sitting out under a tree.
I'm sure of that.
- Tom T. Hall

The only time I can really relax is up a tree or somewhere outside.
I love being outside.
- Tom Felton

A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
- Spike Milligan

Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once.
It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully.
Temperance is wickedness.
- Stephen Fry

Sometimes I worked with just a background of a rock
or a tree or black velvet,
and just had to imagine the whole thing.
- Fay Wray

A single tree in the tropical forest in the south of
Mexico has more different species than some European countries.
- Carlos Salinas de Gortari

As a single withered tree, if set aflame,
causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
- Chanakya

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have
missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
- Logan P. Smith

It is the nature of the strong heart,
that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.
- Philip Sidney

I have a tree man coming to trim the jacaranda in my front garden.
- Moon Unit Zappa

Behind the man is the Tree of Life, bearing twelve fruits,
and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is behind the woman;
the serpent is twining round it.
- Arthur E. Waite

With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production,
I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce
it with the correct setting.
- Bruce Beresford


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