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Inspiring Quotes About Trees

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

A dozen beautiful, inspirational quotations about trees.

Gnarly, ancient tree in a forest clearing

“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.” George Nakashima

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

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Nelson Henderson

“Ancient trees are precious. There is little else on Earth that plays host to such a rich community of life within a single living organism.” Sir David Attenborough

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." Franklin D. Roosevelt

“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 emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb

“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” Albert Schweitzer

“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

“Finland is officially the world’s happiest country. It is also 75 percent forest. I believe these facts are related.” Matt Haig

“The green oak and cedar - the dark pine, the yellow and silvery-barked willow - each majestic old tree; hath its own peculiar tone and whisper for thine ear.” Elizabeth J. Eames

“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” Lucy Larcom


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