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Inspirational Tree Quotes

Updated on August 17, 2010

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree


On the Nature of Trees

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

What did the tree learn from the earth
to be able to talk with the sky?

Pablo Neruda

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

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

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

The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what "the story of the trees" would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand. Anonymous

There are rich counsels in the trees. Herbert P. Horne

I was raised by the song
Of the murmuring grove
And loving I learned
Among Flowers
Friedrich Holderlin

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

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

It will beggar a doctor to live where orchards thrive. Spanish proverb

The best part of happiness is the pines. Terri Guillemets

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

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

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. Rabindranath Tagore

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. Chinese Proverb

There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. Minnie Aumonier

Climb a tree - it gets you closer to heaven. Anonymous


Of Trees and God

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah!" Joseph Campbell

The groves were God's first temples. William Cullen Bryant

I said to the almond tree, "Friend, speak to me of God," and the almond tree blossomed. Nikos Kazantzakis

The first guy who came up with the concept of religion was sitting out under a tree. I'm sure of that. Tom T. Hall

Whoever does not love trees, does not love God. Elder Amphilochios of Patmos

The trees are God's great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.

Leonora Speyer

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


Of Trees and Man

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

Why are there trees I never walk under
But large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?

Walt Whitman

I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. James Russell Lowell

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. Henry David Thoreau

I am not bound for any public place,
but for ground of my own
where I have planted vines and orchard trees,
and in the heat of the day climbed up
into the healing shadow of the woods
Wendell Berry

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. William Blake

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

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. James G. Watt

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. Bill Vaughn

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

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

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. John Muir


Of Planting Trees

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

He that plants trees loves others beside himself. Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

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

If I knew I should die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today. Stephen Girard

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

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

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther

He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he
provideth a kindness for many generations, and
faces that he hath not seen shall bless him
Henry Van Dyke

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

My heart is glad, my heart is high
With sudden ecstasy;
I have given back, before I die,
Some thanks for every lovely tree
That dead men grew for me
V. H. Friedlaender

He who plants a tree
Plants a hope
Lucy Larcom


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      7 years ago

      it's so inspiring... i so love trees because they are the one that protects us from sunlight and aside from that, they are very much helpful to our environment. without them, we cannot inhale fresh and good air. cutting down trees means cutting down hope to our community.

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful quotes. It gives joy to the heart.

      I consider trees as friends, cutting one down is like committing murder.

      This is a great tribute to my friends, the trees.

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      8 years ago

      Wow! this reminds me of how beautiful the trees are in their new budding leaves after a storm Thank you..

    • htodd profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      This is really great Inspirational quotes..Awesome

    • summerclark7387 profile image


      9 years ago from Beautiful Southern Oregon

      Absolutely brilliant!! I will definitely be refering to these quotes!

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      Abundant Old Soul 

      9 years ago from united states

      Thank you,this helps me

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      Srishti kasturia 

      9 years ago

      nice 1...

    • qwidjib0 profile image


      9 years ago from IL

      Interesting topic for quotes, well done!

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      9 years ago

      I love trees because I consider them life. thanks for these lovely quotes.

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      9 years ago from Florida

      So beautiful! I appreciate trees so much and breaks my heart to see them torn down so I really enjoyed these. thank you for sharing!

    • Varenya profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank you!

      beautiful, moving and ispirational...!

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      10 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi fantastic hub with beautiful visual enhancement. as a naturalist I have enjoyed sharing this with you. Rated up.

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      10 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I love trees and especially taking pictures or painting them. Great hub.

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      10 years ago from Cochin


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      10 years ago from Utah



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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love reading quotes and poems. This is a wonderful hub. Thank you!

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      10 years ago from New York City

      Wonderful hub and trees deserve such a special tribute. I'm happy to say that even though I live in Brooklyn (NYC) lots of trees grow here - lots of very old gigantic trees. I mean lots and I love every one of them.

      Great hub! Thank you!

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Great quotes. Thank you.

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      India Arnold 

      10 years ago from Northern, California

      Leonora Speyer is my favorite, what a beautiful thing to 'write in green across the world'

      A very inspiring hub!


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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I simply love trees! They are so beautiful and just like people, they each have their own personality and uniqueness.

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      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful quotes of poems and proverbs ~ some of them familiar and some I've never heard before. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lori J Latimer 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      This is very nice!!!

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      10 years ago from USA

      That's one of my favorites, and I wanted to include a video of the poem being read or sung, but I couldn't find one I liked. :(

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Joyce Kilmer:


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