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Trees Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Trees

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

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

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Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

 

Every creature is better alive than dead,
men and moose and pine trees,
and he who understands it aright
will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
- Winston Churchill

He plants trees to benefit another generation.
- Caecilius Statius

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I am not bound for any public place,
but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees,
and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
- Wendell Berry

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the
way they have to live than other things do.
- Willa Cather

A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.
- David Douglas

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more
roses we must plant more trees.
- George Eliot

A man has made at least a start on discovering the
meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under
which he knows full well he will never sit.
- D. Elton Trueblood

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
- Moliere

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
- Dave Barry

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
- Hal Borland

Working with plants, trees, fences and walls,
if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
- Dogen Zenji

I plant a lot of trees.
I am a great believer in planting things for future generations.
I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
- Penelope Keith

Trees and plants always look like the people they live with,
somehow.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,
then names the streets after them.
- Bill Vaughan

The trees in Siberia are miles apart,
that is why the dogs are so fast.
- Bob Hope

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare,
and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
- Anton Chekhov

I am sure that if you plant the trees back again,
it will do nothing but good.
- Michael Fish

Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
- John Muir

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

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles,
watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
- David Letterman

Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.
- Emily Carr

Legislatures represent people, not acres or trees.
- Earl Warren

Green is my favorite.
And it's my favorite because it's the color of my wife's eyes,
grass, trees, life, and money, and mother earth!
- Casper Van Dien

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages.
Our best institutions are like young trees growing
upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees.
- Frances Perkins

If you reveal your secrets to the wind,
you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
- Khalil Gibran

I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.
- Pablo Neruda

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

What is the good of your stars and trees,
your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
- E. M. Forster

The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds,
and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.
- William Penn

When I write stories I am like someone who is in her own country,
walking along streets that she has known since she was a child,
between walls and trees that are hers.
- Natalia Ginzburg

I thank you God for this most amazing day,
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and for the blue dream of sky
and for everything which is natural,
which is infinite, which is yes.
- e. e. cummings

To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender,
and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours,
imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.
- Gore Vidal

If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many
sawmills you have if there are no more trees.
- Susan George

Some people like to paint trees.
I like to paint love.
I find it more meaningful than painting trees.
- Robert Indiana

Yesterday I staked off the ground on the hill for an orchard.
I want to get 1000 apple trees agrowing.
- Ezra Cornell

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass
under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time.
- John Lubbock

Love doesn't grow on trees like apples in Eden -
it's something you have to make.
And you must use your imagination too.
- Joyce Cary

The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good,
the beautiful, and the ennobling in man,
and for one, I wish to see it become universal.
- Julius Sterling Morton

The advice I am giving always to all my students is
above all to study the music profoundly...
music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands,
very beautiful for the flowers and trees.
- Andres Segovia

My grandfather gave me my first guitar,
an old acoustic with palm trees and dancing girls painted on it.
- Dan Fogelberg

I was in my yard and thought that the tree was a living being.
We take trees for granted.
We don't believe they are as much alive as we are.
- Ziggy Marley

I have no neighbours other than animals and Joshua Trees.
- Don Van Vliet

I'm interested in raw land and trees and fresh air
and rivers and lots of animals around them.
- Kent McCord

The Druids held the trees as very sacred.
- Enya

I really liked Yale, although it was extremely intimidating.
When I visited the campus, I was hiding behind trees,
I felt so unworthy.
- Claire Danes

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers,
but for the wide world's joy.
- Henry Ward Beecher

A Poem does not grow by jerks.
As trees in Spring produce a new ring of tissue,
so does every poet put forth a fresh outlay of stuff at the same season.
- Wilfred Owen

I could never be a country person, sitting around trees trying to write a song.
I would rather be in the middle of society,
whether it's growing or crumbling.
- Ric Ocasek

A person should not be too honest.
Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
- Chanakya

You will find something more in woods than in books.
Trees and stones will teach you that which you can
never learn from masters.
- Saint Bernard

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant
breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees.
The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk,
opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.
- Hamlin Garland

Hugging trees has a calming effect on me.
I'm talking about enormous trees that will be there
when we are all dead and gone.
I've hugged trees in every part of this little island.
- Gerry Adams

He could not die when trees were green,
for he loved the time too well.
- John Clare

If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky,
they would all seem too short.
- Franz Grillparzer

The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every
broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind.
- Carl Hiaasen

I photographed rocks and trees and tide pools and nudes
and all that stuff for years and years.
Until 20 years ago when I found that I could do it
in the studio and never have to travel.
- Kim Weston

Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest.
If you have more trees than you have forests,
then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win.
- Dan Quayle

Everything looks nicer when you win.
The girls are prettier.
The cigars taste better.
The trees are greener.
- Billy Martin

I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots,
stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light.
But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.
- Edward Steichen

As a kid, I might have been psycho, I guess,
but I used to throw golf balls in the trees and try
and somehow make par from them.
I thought that was fun.
- Tiger Woods

Historically, San Franciscans have not valued street
trees as much as other communities have.
- Gavin Newsom

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone,
but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
- Martin Luther


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