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Tree Quotes

A collection of inspirational tree quotes, as well as shareworthy quotes about trees, forests, nature, gardening, the woods, flowers, leaves, seasons, wildlife, fruit, green living, and the environment.

Tree Quotes

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
— Kahlil Gibran

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
Chinese proverb

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”
― Winston Churchill

“People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people.”
Bryce Nelson

“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.”
George Nakashima

“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Learn character from trees, values from roots, and change from leaves.”
― Tasneem Hameed

“Be like a tree. The tree gives shade even to him who cuts off its boughs.”
Sri Chaitanya

“The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
— Dolly Parton

“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”
― Hal Borland

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
― Warren Buffett

“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
— Moliere

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”
— Chinese proverb

“Trees are your best antiques.”
― Alexander Smith

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

“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.”
― Lucy Larcom

“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

“This oak tree and me, we’re made of the same stuff.”
— Carl Sagan

Forest Quotes:

 
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A forest is a living thing like a human body…each part dependent on all the other parts.”
— Louis L’Amour

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
— John Muir

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I grew up in a forest. It’s like a room. It’s protected. Like a cathedral… it is a place between heaven and earth.”
― Anselm Kiefer

“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”
Paulo Coelho

“Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.”
― Jane Goodall

“Each generation takes the earth as trustees.  We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.”
― J. Sterling Morton

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

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”
― Alan Watts

“The forests are the flags of nature. They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings. Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten. It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.”
― Enos Abijah Mills

“Trees, forests, and other forms of life – you have not inherited them from your forefathers, you have borrowed them from your children yet to be born. Their preservation, their enrichment, is the solemn responsibility you bear.”
Native American teachings

“If you walk into a forest – you hear all kinds of subtle sounds – but underneath there is an all pervasive silence.”
— Eckhart Tolle

Nature Quotes:

 
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

“Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
— Albert Einstein

“Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.”
― David Gerrold

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
― John Muir

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
— Aristotle

“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.”
― William Wordsworth

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
William Shakespeare

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
John Muir

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright

“How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!”
— Emily Dickinson

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
Gary Snyder

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”
― John Muir

Season Quotes:

 
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
— Albert Camus

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”
— Robin Williams

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”
― George Santayana

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
— Albert Camus

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
— Emily Brontë

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
— Albert Camus

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
— Charles Dickens

More Tree Quotes:

 
“We’re merely one tree with various types, shapes and sizes of leaves that all wave differently in the breeze.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

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

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, to live as a people, we must have trees.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“You can’t have the fruits without the roots.”
Stephen Covey

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”
Shira Tamir

“The earth is what we all have in common.”
Wendell Berry

“Trees indeed have hearts.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Trees are right at the heart of all the necessary debates: ecological, social, economic, political, moral, religious.”
Colin Tudge

“The symbolism – and the substantive significance – of planting a tree has universal power in every culture and every society on Earth, and it is a way for individual men, women and children to participate in creating solutions for the environmental crisis.”
Al Gore

Even More Tree Quotes:

 
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
— Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel.”
Aldo Leopold

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”
― John Muir

“A tree falls the way it leans.”
― Bulgarian proverb

“The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!’”
― John F. Kennedy

“How could you not be hopeful if you’ve got a tree around?”
― Ross Spears

“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.”
― Washington Irving

“But down deep, at the molecular heart of life we’re essentially identical to trees.”
— Carl Sagan

“Trees give peace to the souls of men.”
― Nora Waln

“A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.”
― Welsh proverb

Still More Tree Quotes:

 
“Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.”
― Malay proverb

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
― Elizabeth Lawrence

“Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.”
— Alexander Pope

“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

“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

“A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again, and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its Tormentor.”
― George William Curtis

“How beautiful leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
― John Burrough

“Around a flowering tree, one finds many insects.”
― Guinea proverb

“Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of old trees.”
― unknown

More Than More Tree Quotes:

 
“I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.”
― Rodney Dangerfield

“There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”
— Marshall McLuhan

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”
— John Lubbock

“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.”
― Henry Ward Beecher

“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife, are in fact plans to protect man.”
― Stewart L. Udall

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
— Chinese proverb

“It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.”
— Wilson Flagg

“I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.”
— Mary Cassatt

“To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Bonus Tree Quotes:

 
“A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.”
― Adlai E. Stevenson

“I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.”
― Ogden Nash

“In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.”
― John Fowles

“Trees and stones will teach you what you cannot learn from masters.”
― Bernard of Clairvaux

“Going to the woods is going home.”
― John Muir

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
― Warren Buffett

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Love is a tree; and lovers are its shade.”
Rumi

“The trees encountered on a country stroll
Reveal a lot about that country’s soul…
A culture is no better than its woods.”
W.H.Auden

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