Tree Quotes

“When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.” – Thomas Carlyle

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

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.” – Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe 

“One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul” – Henry David Thoreau

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” – Proverbs 11:30

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

“May my life be like a great hospitable tree, and may weary wanderers find in me a rest.” – John Henry Jowett

“But down deep, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.” – Carl Sagan

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” – Hermann Hesse

“Maybe you are searching among branches for what only appears in the Roots.” – Rumi

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” – Albert Einstein 

“We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I was seeing in a sacred manner the shape of all things in the Spirit, and the Shape of all Shapes as they must live together like one being and I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.” – Black Elk

“Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does” – George Bernard Shaw

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H Schuller

“Even as a tree has a single trunk, but many branches and leaves, there is one religion but any number of faiths.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil 

“The Tree of Life lives within each of us, helping us awaken to our true nature. Let us reach out with branches of compassion, connect with each other through our shared roots, and send loving intentions for all to grow.” – Laural Virtues Wauters 

“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

“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

“To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong.  We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them – the whole leaf and root tribe.”  – Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” 
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.  Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.”  – Osho

“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

“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.”  – John Muir

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

“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

“We all travel the milky way together, trees and men… trees are travellers, in the ordinary sense.  They make journeys, not very extensive ones, it is true:  but our own little comes and goes are only little more than tree-wavings – many of them not so much.”  – John Muir

“Alone with myself, the trees bend to caress me the shade hugs my heart.
” – Candy Polgar

“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

“He who plants a tree
. Plants a hope.” 
- Lucy Larcom

“Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
 We fell them down and turn them into paper,
 That we may record our emptiness.
” – Kahlil Gibran

“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 

“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.” – Confucius

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jean-François Modérie says:

    Hi, I am writing some text for a new cimetery in Québec, Canada. I’ve been asked to write about 25 species of trees. I found your text awesome and very meaningfull.
    I was wondering if I can quote you in some of those text?


    1. I’m glad you found this helpful. It sounds like you have a fun project. And, yes, you can quote me.


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