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  • There is, I conceive, scarcely any tree that may not be advantageously used in the various combinations of form and color.
    • Gilpin
  • He plants trees to benefit another generation.
    • Caecilius Statius, Synephebi
  • Every society needs individuals who will go on planting mango trees, without thinking whether they will get to eat the fruits or not.
    • Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
  • The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful, and the ennobling in man.
  • Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.
  • Since humans first utilized wood for fire, tools and utensils, certain trees have held a special significance as both practical providers and powerful spiritual presences. The specific trees varied between different cultures and geographic areas, but those held to be 'sacred' shared certain traits in common - unusual size or beauty, the wide range of materials they provided, unique physical characteristics, or simply the power of the tree's spirit could grant it a central place in the folklore and mythology of a culture. Even today, certain trees capture our imagination. The majestic oak, the ancient yew, the evergreens we bring into our homes each winter - all are reminders of the power that trees can have in our lives.
    • Jennifer Smith, Sacred Woods and the Lore of Trees
  • "I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines."
  • "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
  • "I turned my face more exclusively than ever to the woods, where I was better known."
  • If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
  • Of the infinite variety of fruits which spring from the bosom of the earth,
    the trees of the wood are the greatest in dignity.
    • Susan Fenimore Cooper
  • I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.
  • Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.
    • Joyce Kilmer, Trees
  • People in suburbia see trees differently than foresters do. They cherish every one. It is useless to speak of the probability that a certain tree will die when the tree is in someone's backyard ... You are talking about a personal asset, a friend, a monument, not about board feet of lumber.
    • Roger Swain
  • Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.
  • Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
  • A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.
  • It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.
    • Arab proverb
  • A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
  • A tree uses what comes its way to nurture itself. By sinking its roots deeply into the earth, by accepting the rain that flows towards it, by reaching out to the sun, the tree perfects its character and becomes great ... Absorb, absorb, absorb. That is the secret of the tree.
    • Deng Ming-Dao
  • It's one thing not to see the forest for the trees, but then to go on to deny the reality of the forest is a more serious matter.
  • 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 A. Mills
  • Do not be afraid to go out on a limb ... That's where the fruit is.
  • Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground.
  • The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now. Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree.
    • Anonymous
  • The tree is a centered creature, for its energies are radial. Its roots and branches spread wide, laying a circular network around the bole. The tree lives at both ends; the trunk and the leaves reach up to light and air; the roots stretch down to earth and water. The roots are essential. Leaves and branches fall, the trunk may be severed, but if the roots are not destroyed there is hope for most trees of continuing life. The power is in the roots – the symbol of life.
    • Meinrad Craighead
  • The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
    • Moliere
  • A man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots,
    whose flower and fruitage is the world.
  • Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
  • If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree.
    • W.B. Yeats
  • "Sometimes Thou may'st walk in Groves,
    which being full of Majestie will much advance the Soul."
    • Thomas Vaughan, Anima Magica Abscondita
  • And see the peaceful trees extend
    their myriad leaves in leisured dance—
    they bear the weight of sky and cloud
    upon the fountain of their veins.
    • Kathleen Raine, Envoi
  • Ghosts of the world-wood: the trees are felled,
    Stumps; puny saplings which replace them
    will outgrow me and then outlive me.
    • Michael Vince, The Thicket
  • "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. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself."
  • "By the grey woods, by the swamp, where the toad and newt encamp, by the dismal tarns and pools, where dwell the Gouls. By each spot the most unholy, by each nook most melancholy, there the traveller meets, aghast, sheeted memories of the Past. Shrouded forms that start and sigh, as they pass the wanderer by. White-robed forms of friends long given; In agony, to the Earth - and Heaven."
  • Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
    Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
    • Hal Borland, Countryman: A Summary of Belief
  • 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, 1749
  • "...and heard the autumnal leaves like light footfalls of spirits passing through the streets"
    • P.B. Shelley, Ode to Naples
  • In a moment the ashes are made, but the forest is a long time growing.
  • 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
  • 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. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, travelling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
  • The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.
  • Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man. No one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body."
  • When walking through a warm and lush forest setting one's thoughts can easily take flights of fancy. It is not difficult to shed the layers of modern life and find one's more subtle or primitive beginnings. Somewhere from deep within the spirit and majesty of each single tree steps forth and at once one can find themselves transported to a world of shadow and shade.
    • Morgan La Fey, Sacred Trees
  • Trees purify the air; they also purify the mind…if you want to save your world, you must save the trees.
    • The Trees of Endor
  • 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.
  • Government cannot close its eyes to the pollution of waters, to the erosion of soil, to the slashing of forests any more than it can close its eyes to the need for slum clearance and schools.
  • A grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great or beautiful cathedral.
  • The individual whose idea of developing the country is to cut every stick of timber off it and then leave a barren desert for the homemaker who comes in after him...that man is a curse and not a blessing to this country.
  • When we Indians kill meat, we eat it all up. When we dig roots, we make little holes. When we build houses, we make little holes. When we burn grass for grasshoppers, we don't ruin things. We shake down acorns and pine nuts. We don't chop down the trees. We only use dead wood. But the white people plow up the ground, pull down the trees, kill everything. ... the White people pay no attention. ...How can the spirit of the earth like the White man? ... everywhere the White man has touched it, it is sore.
    • Wintu Woman
  • Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed, chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones. Few that fell trees plant them; nor would planting avail much towards getting back anything like the noble primeval forests. During a man's life only saplings can be grown, in place of old trees — tens of centuries old — that have been destroyed. It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods, — trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra. Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries since Christ's time — and long before that — God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods, but he cannot save them from fools — only Uncle Sam can do that.
  • "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools."
  • 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.
  • Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
    • Bill Vaughan
  • They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.
    • James G. Watt
  • People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people.
    • Bryce Nelson
  • A tree is a tree - how many more do you need to look at?
  • I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun: If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred; trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.
  • Trees can reduce the heat of a summer's day, quiet a highway's noise, feed the hungry, provide shelter from the wind and warmth in the winter. You see, the forests are the sanctuaries not only of wildlife, but also of the human spirit. And every tree is a compact between generations.
  • At first I thought I was fighting to save the rubber trees; then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity.
    • Chico Mendes
  • Forests precede civilizations and deserts follow them.
    • Chateaubriand
  • Reforesting the earth is possible, given a human touch.
    • Sandra Postel and Lori Heise
  • Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, and the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
    • Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
  • We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which without stint produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours.
    • Marcel Proust, Pleasures and Regrets, 1896
  • A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity.
    • Alexander Smith
  • Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money.
    • Cree Indian saying
  • That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water, that my soul may repose on the branches of the trees which I planted, that I may refresh myself under the shadow of my sycamore.
    • Egyptian tomb inscription, circa 1400 BC
  • Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good
    • Sara Ebenreck
  • Forests were the first temples of the Divinity, and it is in the forests that men have grasped the first idea of architecture.
    • François-René de Chateaubriand
  • 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, Epistle