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The 40 Most Inspirational Tree Quotes

Vanessa Runs

Our words falter under the towering branches of our ancient trees.

It’s no wonder we look to them for wisdom, shelter, and security. Enjoy these 40 wonderful quotes about trees, thoughts inspired by our most majestic pillars.

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


Walk tall as the trees, live strong as the mountains, be gentle as the spring winds, keep the warmth of the summer sun in your heart and the great spirit will always be with you.Native American proverb

Trees are your best antiques. Alexander Smith

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.Bruce Lee

I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.Friedrich Nietzsche

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.Hal Borland

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. John Muir

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

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

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.Dr. Suess

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

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. J. Lubbock

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

And the boy loved the tree… very much. And the tree was happy.Shel Silverstein

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

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.Kim Taplin

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

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


The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.Moliere

Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, unnerves his strength, invites his end.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.Winston Churchill

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

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.John Muir

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb… That’s where the fruit is.Anonymous

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

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

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

He who plants a tree plants a hope.Lucy Larcom

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

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

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.E.F. Schumacher

Storms make trees take deeper roots.Dolly Parton

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

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.Thomas Fuller

Everybody who’s anybody longs to be a tree.Rita Dove

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