Tree Quotes And Poems

Trees inspire us to reach new heights

As a gentle reminder of the countless ways that trees enrich our lives, we've included our favorite tree quotes for your enjoyment and inspiration.

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"He who plants a tree, plants a hope." -- Lucy Larcom, Plant a Tree

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Trees
Trees, proud standing people
stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying
glorious attention, breathing light.

strength
shelter
timeless confidence
bending and firm
comforting
rooted chorus line
dancing with the moon, the wind, the clouds
framing bursts of stars

tender rugged celebration

absorbing and releasing life
each holy branch
holding the power of the Universe.

There.

Courtesy of www.DailyCelebrations.com

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"They are beautiful in their peace; they are wise in their silence.
They will stand after we are dust.
They teach us, and we tend them."
-- Galeain ip - Altiem MacDunelmor

"To plant trees is to give body and life to one's dreams of a better world."
-- Russell Page

"By means of trees, wildlife could be conserved, pollution decreased,
and the beauty of our landscapes enhanced.
This is the way, or at least one of the ways,
to spiritual, moral, and cultural regeneration."
-- E.F. Schumacher

"What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants the friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high, he plants a home to heaven anigh.
For song and mother-croon of bird, in hushed and happy twilight heard -
The treble of heaven's harmony.
These things he plants who plants a tree."
-- Henry Cuyler Bunner, the Heart of the Tree

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money."
-- Cree Indian Proverb

"He plants trees to benefit another generation." -- Caecilius Statius

"There's nothing that keeps its youth, So far as I know, but a tree and truth."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Friendship is a sheltering tree." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more wholesome and happier dwelling-place for those who come after us if not for ourselves."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"Trees have about them something beautiful and attractive even to the fancy,
since they cannot change their places,
are witnesses of all the changes that take place around them;
and as some reach a great age, they become, as it were, historical monuments,
and like ourselves they have a life, growing and passing away,
--not being inanimate and unvarying like the fields and rivers.
One sees them passing through various stages,
and at last step by step approaching death,
which makes them look still more like ourselves."
-- Wilhelm von Humboldt

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

"Storms make trees take deeper roots." -- Dolly Parton

"May the trees continue to thrive and flourish on this earth,
filling our hearts with joy and inspiration." -- Stephanie Kaza

"Everybody who's anybody longs to be a tree." -- Rita Dove

"Imagination has the right to feast in the shade of the tree that it turns into a forest."
-- Karl Kraus

"We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When I have plucked the rose,
I cannot give it vital growth again,
It needs must wither. I'll smell it on the tree."
-- William Shakespeare

"A tree is beautiful, but what's more, it has a right to life;
like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential.
Life on earth is inconceivable without trees.
Forests create climate, climate influences peoples' character, and so on and so forth.
There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe,
if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe....
What a terrible future! "
-- Anton Pavlovich

"A good word is as a good tree-
its roots are firm,
and its branches are in heaven;
it gives its produce every season
by the leave of its Lord."
-- Qur'An. Abraham

"It were a blessed sight to see
That child become a willow tree,
His brother trees among.
He'd be four times as tall as me,
And live three times as long."
-- Catherine Maria Fanshawe

"Everyone who enjoys supposes that the tree was concerned with the fruit,
but it was really concerned with the seed.
-In this lies the difference between all those who create and those who enjoy."
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;
Let fortune's bubbles rise and fall;
Who sows a field, or trains a flower,
Or plants a tree, is more than all."
-- John Greenleaf Whittier

"Beloved, gaze in thine own heart,
The holy tree is growing there;
From joy the holy branches start,
And all the trembling flowers they bear."
-- William Butler Yeats

"The generation of mankind is like the generation of leaves.
The wind scatters the leaves on the ground,
but the living tree burgeons with leaves again in the spring."
-- Homer

"The acorn's not yet
Fallen from the tree
That's to grow the wood,
That's to make the cradle,
That's to rock the bairn,
That's to grow a man,
That's to lay me."
-- Unknown

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come."
-- Chinese proverb

‘The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory.
They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn."
-- Lord Orrery

"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A society grows great when old men plant trees
whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
-- Greek Proverb

"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity."
-- Alexander Smith

"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

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

"He that plants trees loves others beside himself." -- Thomas Fuller

"The best friend of 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

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

"If I thought I was going to die tomorrow,
I should nevertheless plant a tree today."
-- Stephan Girard

"A tree is our most intimate contact with nature."-- George Nakashima, woodworker

"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
-- Rabindranath Tagor

"Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future."
-- J. Sterling Morton

"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."
-- Elton Trueblood

"We must protect the forests for our children,
grandchildren and children yet to be born.
We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves
such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
-- Chief Edward Moody, Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation

" Someone's sitting in the shade today
because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
-- Warren Buffett

"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees." -- Karle Wilson Baker

"Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets.
To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel."
-- Aldo Leopold

"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

"I am the heat of you hearth, the shade screening you from the sun;
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table;
I am the handle of your hoe,
the door of your homestead;
the wood of your cradle,
and the shell of your coffin.
I am the gift of God and
the friend of man."
-- Author Unknown

"The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good,
the beautiful and the ennobling in man."
-- J. Sterling Morton

"Reforesting the earth is possible, given a human touch." -- Sandra Postel and Lori Heise

"Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise."
-- George Washington Carver

"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."
-- Gandhi

"Trees are your best antiques." -- Alexander Smith

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now."
-- Chinese Proverb

"We can learn a lot from trees: they're always grounded
but never stop reaching heavenward."
-- Everett Mámor

"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world."-- John Muir

"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree."
-- Joyce Kilmer, "Trees"

"Look deep, deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything."
-- Albert Einstein

"If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed.
If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree.
If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people."
-- Chinese Proverb

"One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.
Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps a singing bird will come."
-- Chinese proverb

"By means of trees, wildlife could be conserved, pollution decreased,
and the beauty of our landscapes enhanced.
This is the way, or at least one of the ways,
to spiritual, moral, and cultural regeneration."
-- E.F. Schumacher

"He who plants a Tree loves others besides himself."
-- English proverb

"They are beautiful in their peace,
they are wise in their silence.
They will stand after we are dust.
They teach us, and we tend them."
-- Galeain ip - Altiem MacDunelmor

"What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants the friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high,
he plants a home to heaven anigh.
For song and mother-croon of bird,
in hushed and happy twilight heard
- The treble of heaven's harmony.
These things he plants who plants a tree."
-- Henry Cuyler Bunner, the Heart of the Tree

"Trees are sanctuaries.
Whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth."
-- Herman Hesse

"When you plant a tree, you plant a legacy."
-- Pepper Provenzano

"Trees are the only part of infrastructure
that actually appreciates in value while the rest depreciates."
-- Pepper Provenzano

"A people without children would face a hopeless future;
a country without trees is almost as helpless."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope."
-- Prof Wangari Maathai

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

"Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit,
but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed.
-- Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy."
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

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