Do you know a large oak tree can consume about 100 gallons of water per day, and a giant sequoia can drink up to 500 gallons of water on a daily basis?
Trees, undoubtedly, are the major source of oxygen to the planet Earth but it is also an undeniable fact that they silently provide us with plenty of others benefits as well such as food, timber, and shelter to mention a few of them.
Can you believe, it is the custom in many countries of the world to develop some sorts of bonding between themselves and trees. People all around the world have that belief of hanging objects (usually a piece of cloth or paper) on the branches of trees so that they can wish upon them in order to achieve their desired goals.
If you get a chance to read the ancient Egyptian tale of two brothers from at least 3000 years ago then you will realize that how our lives are intermingled and depend upon the trees in so many stunning ways and how ruthlessly our lives suffer when a tree withers or is mistreated. In this story, one of the brothers, to clarify his loyalty to the other brother positioned his heart on the blossom of the cedar tree ( some says it is an accacia tree) and eventually died when that specific tree is cut down.
Here’s a huge collection of fascinating quotes and sayings about trees to understand the deepest meanings of trees as others have perceived and beautifully conveyed to us the message of their love for trees in an artistic style.
1. “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.”
– Henry David Thoreau, 1817 – 1862
2. “Around a flowering tree, one finds many insects.”
– Proverb from Guinea
3. “Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?”
– Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road
4. “God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!” ”
– Joseph Campbell
5. “Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.”
– Malay proverb
6. “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”
– Chinese proverb
7. “I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.”
– Willa Cather (1873-1947), O Pioneers 1913
8. “Do not be afraid to go out on a limb … That’s where the fruit is.”
9. At night I dream that you and I are two plants
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain.
Pablo Neruda, Regalo de un Poeta
10. “If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.”
– Jack Handey
11. “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
12. “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, Song of the Open Road, 1933
13. “The groves were God’s first temples.”
– William Cullen Bryant, A Forest Hymn
14. “From a fallen tree, all make kindling.”
– Spanish proverb
15. “If a tree dies, plant another in its place.”
16. “A tree falls the way it leans.”
17. “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
18. “Oak trees come out of acorns, no matter how unlikely that seems. An acorn is just a tree’s way back into the ground. For another try. Another trip through. One life for another.”
– Shirley Ann Grau
19. “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
20. “When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?”
21. “What kind of times are they, when
A talk about trees is almost a crime
Because it implies silence about so many horrors?”
– Bertolt Brecht, To Those Born Later
22. “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 sycomore.”
– Egyptian tomb inscription, circa 1400 BCE
Sycomore trees were held to be sacred in ancient Egypt and are the first trees represented in ancient art.
23. “That tree whose leaves are trembling: it is yearning for something.
That tree so lovely to see acts as if it wants to flower: it is yearning for something.”
– Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, 1395
24. “And you, how old are you?
I asked the maple tree:
While opening one hand,
– he started blushing.”
– Georges Bonneau, Le Sensibilite Japonaise, 1935
25. “In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen, and enough to rot on the ground.”
– James Boswell
26. “The patient. – The pine tree seems to listen, the fir tree to wait: and both without impatience: – they give no thought to the little people beneath them devoured by their impatience and their curiosity.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow, # 176.
27. “There are two trees, each yielding its own fruit. One of them is negative….it grows from lack of self-worth and its fruits are fear, anger, envy, bitterness, sorrow – and any other negative emotion. Then there is the tree of positive emotions. Its nutrients include self-forgiveness and a correct self concept. Its fruits are love, joy, acceptance, self-esteem, faith, peace…and other uplifting emotions.”
– Kathi’s Garden
28. “Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence. And though rooted in earth, they seem to touch the sky. For these reasons it is natural to feel we might learn wisdom from them, to haunt about them with the idea that if we could only read their silent riddle rightly we should learn some secret vital to our own lives; or even, more specifically, some secret vital to our real, our lasting and spiritual existence.”
– Kim Taplin, Tongues in Trees, 1989, p. 14.
29. “A tree does not move unless there is wind.”
– Afghan Proverb
30. “This solitary Tree! a living thing
Produced too slowly ever to decay;
Of form and aspect too magnificent
To be destroyed.”
– William Wordsworth, Yardley Oak
31. “John Clare, in his poem To a Fallen Elm, makes the tree a selfmark as well as a landmark.”
– Tim Fulford, The Politics of Trees
32. “Time-honored, beautiful, solemn and wise.
Noble, sacred and ancient
Trees reach the highest heavens and penetrate the deepest secrets of the earth.
Trees are the largest living beings on this planet.
Trees are in communion with the spiritual and the material.
Trees guard the forests and the sanctified places that must not be spoiled.
Trees watch over us and provide us with what we need to live on this planet.
Trees provide a focal point for meditation, enlightenment, guidance and inspiration.
Trees have a soul and a spirit.”
– Tree Magick by Lavenderwater
33. “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
34. “I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”
– Dr. Suess
35. “Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.”
– Bill Vaughan
36. “To be able to walk under the branches of a tree that you have planted is really to feel you have arrived with your garden. So far we are on the way: we can now stand beside ours.”
– Mirabel Osler
37. “Tree of Liberty: A tree set up by the people, hung with flags and devices, and crowned with a cap of liberty. The Americans of the United States planted poplars and other trees during the war of independence, “as symbols of growing freedom.” The Jacobins in Paris planted their first tree of liberty in 1790. The symbols used in France to decorate their trees of liberty were tricoloured ribbons, circles to indicate unity, triangles to signify equality, and a cap of liberty. Trees of liberty were planted by the Italians in the revolution of 1848.”
– E. Cobham Brewer, The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894
38. “Tall thriving Trees confessed the fruitful Mold:
The reddening Apple ripens here to Gold,
Here the blue Fig with luscious Juice overflows,
With deeper Red the full Pomegranate glows,
The Branch here bends beneath the weighty Pear,
and verdant Olives flourish round the Year.”
39. “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”
– Hal Borland, Countryman: A Summary of Belief
40. “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
41. ” Trees serve as homes for visiting devas who do not manifest in earthly bodies, but live in the fibers of the trunks and larger branches of the trees, feed from the leaves and communicate through the tree itself. Some are permanently stationed as guardians of sacred places.”
– Hindu Deva Shastra, verse 117, Nature Devas
42. “A tree never hits an automobile except in self-defense.”
– Author Unknown
43. “A garden without trees scarcely deserves to be called a garden.”
– Henry Ellacombe
44. “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
45. “Hmmm … we chop down trees and chop up wood.”
46. “Wakening from the dreaming forest there, the hazel-sprig sang under my tongue, its drifting fragrance climbed up through my conscious mind as if suddenly the roots I had left behind cried out to me, the land I had lost with my childhood – and I stopped, wounded by the wandering scent.”
– Pablo Neruda
47. “The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
48. “Evolution did not intend trees to grow singly. Far more than ourselves they are social creatures, and no more natural as isolated specimens than man is as a marooned sailor or hermit.”
– John Fowles
49. “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
50. “Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.”
– George H. Lewis, 1817 – 1878
51. Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”
– J. Willard Marriott
52. A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.
– George R.R. Martin
53. “The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree; they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or ‘wholly other.’ ”
– Mircea Eliade, Myths, Dreams and Mysteries
54. “The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars,
the trail of the sun,
the strength of fire,
and the life that never goes away,
they speak to me.
And my heart soars.”
– Chief Dan George
55. “He who plants a tree, plants a hope.”
– Lucy Larcom, Plant a Tree
56. “A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity.”
– Alexander Smith
57. “In the religion of the Medes and Persians the cult of trees plays an important part, and with them, as with Assyrians, the symbol of eternal life was a tree with a stream at its roots. Another object of veneration was the sacred miracle tree, which within itself contained the seeds of all.”
– M. L. Gothein, A History of Garden Art, 1928
58. “May my life be like a great hospitable tree, and may weary wanderers find in me a rest.”
– John Henry Jowett
59. “The woods are full of faeries!
The trees are all alive;
The river overflows with them,
See how they dip and dive!
What funny little fellows!
What dainty little dears!
They dance and leap, and prance and peep,
And utter fairy cheers!”
60. “And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
– Ezekiel 47:12
61. “Sensing us, the trees tremble in their sleep,
The living leaves recoil before our fires,
Baring to us war-charred and broken branches,
And seeing theirs, we for our own destruction weep.”
– Kathleen Raine, London Trees
62. “There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”
– Minnie Aumonier
63. “Among archetypal images, the Sacred Tree is one of the most widely know symbols on Earth. There are few cultures in which the Sacred Tree does not figure: as an image of the cosmos, as a dwelling place of gods or spirits, as a medium of prophecy and knowledge, and as an agent of metamorphoses when the tree is transformed into human or divine form or when it bears a divine or human image as its fruit or flowers.”
– Christopher and Tricia McDowell, The Sanctuary Garden, 1998, p 128
64. “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
65. “I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s 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, 1886-1918, Trees
66. “What did the tree learn from the earth to be able to talk with the sky?”
– Pablo Neruda
67. “There’s a tree that grows in Brooklyn. Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to reach the sky. It grows in boarded up plots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of the cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly … survives without sun, water and seemingly without earth. It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it.”
68. “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
69. Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
– Martin Luther (1483-1546)
70. “You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night.
– Denise Levertov, Threat
71. “A well maintained landscape with mature trees can increase property values up to 25 percent. Trees can cool houses in the summer. A city lot with 30 percent plant cover provides the equivalent cooling necessary to air condition two moderately sized houses 12 hours a day in the summer.”
The Value of Trees Around Your Home
72. “There are those who say that trees shade the garden too much, and interfere with the growth of the vegetables. There may be something in this:but when I go down the potato rows, the rays of the sun glancing upon my shining blade, the sweat pouring down my face, I should be grateful for shade.”
– Charles Dudley Warner
73. “It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.”
74. “I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.”
– Robert Frost, Birch Trees
75. “The talking oak
To the ancient spoke.
But any tree
Will talk to me.”
– Mary Carolyn Davies
76. “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
77. “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!'”
– As told by John F. Kennedy
78. “Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people’s hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.”
79. “If a tree is treated as a living organism, with an understanding of its vital functions, it will be a constant source of profit and pleasure to men.”
– N.T. Mirov
80. “By gathering seed from trees which are close to our homes and close to our hearts, helping them to germinate and grow, and then planting them back into their original landscapes, we can all make a living link between this millennium and the next, a natural bridge from the past to the future.”
– Chris Baines
81. “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, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!”
– John Muir
82. “Approaching a tree we approach a sacred being who can teach us about love and about endless giving. She is one of millions of beings who provide our air, our homes, our fuel, our books. Working with the spirit of the tree can bring us renewed energy, powerful inspiration, deep communion.”
– Druid Tree Lore and the Ogham
84. “Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.”
– Aldo Leopold
85. “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”
– Winston Churchill
86. “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
87. “Thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them:for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man’s life)…”
– Deuteronomy 20:19
88. “If we represent knowledge as a tree, we know that things that are divided are yet connected. We know that to observe the divisions and ignore the connections is to destroy the tree.”
– Wendell Berry
89. “Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing room, is ambrosia eaten under a tree.”
– Elizabeth Von Antrim
90. “Some trees serve multiple purposes: the baobab in Africa, the mulberry in China, the coconut palm in the tropics.”
91. “Evil enters like a needle and spreads like a oak tree.”
– Proverb from Ethiopia
92. “The bud is on the bough again,
The leaf is on the tree.”
– Charles Jefferys, The Meeting of Spring and Summer
93. “Trees can reduce utility bills (air conditioning in summer, heating in winter) when planted properly: Heating: Using trees as windbreaks allows savings of 10% – 20%. Cooling: Shading windows and walls can lower AC costs by 25% – 50%.”
The Benefits of Planting Trees
94. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
– Nelson Henderson
95. “The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings.”
– Buddhist Sutra
96. “The evergreen! How beautiful, how welcome, how wonderful the evergreen! When one thinks of it, how astonishing a variety of nature! In some countries we know that the tree that sheds its leaf is the variety, but that does not make it less amazing, that the same soil and the same sun should nurture plants differing in the first rule and law of their existence.”
– Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
97. “If I thought I was going to die tomorrow, I should nevertheless plant a tree today.”
– Stephan Girard
98. “They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see’em.
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone.
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.”
– Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
99. “Some men go through a forest and see no firewood.”
– English proverb
100. “A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.”
– George Nakashima, woodworker
101. “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. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.”
102. “Alone with myself
The trees bend
to carress me
The shade hugs
– Candy Polgar
103. “Whoever does not love trees, does not love God.”
– Elder Amphilochios of Patmos (1888-1970)
104. “The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.”
– Plants and Botany Trivia
105. “Trees help you see slices of sky between branches, point to things you could never reach.
Trees help you watch the growing happen, watch blossoms burst then dry, see shade twist to the pace of a sun, birds tear at unwilling seeds.”
– Rochelle Mass, Waiting for a Message
106. “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
107. “Spirituality automatically leads to humility. When a flower develops into a fruit, the petals drop off on its own. When one becomes spiritual, the ego vanishes gradually on its own. A tree laden with fruits always bends low. Humility is a sign of greatness.”
– Sri Ramakrishna
108. “A tree is a tree – how many more do you need to look at.”
– Ronald Reagan, California Governor
109. “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.”
– Paul Weiss
110. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.