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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

“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

“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

“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:

 

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

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

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

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

“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

Still More Tree Quotes:

 

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

More Than More Tree Quotes:

 

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

“Trees are your best antiques.”
― Alexander Smith

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

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

“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

Nature Quotes:

 

“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

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

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

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

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