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30 Tree Quotes With Wise Principles to Live By

For over a decade, Ms. Dora has been sharing poetry, creative writing, positive quotes, and reflections online. Her aim is life enrichment.

How beautiful is God's Garden and yet most people don't see it.

How beautiful is God's Garden and yet most people don't see it.

Quotes About Trees

Starting in 1989, Trees for the Future, an organization known as just TREES is on a mission to plant one billion trees by 2030. They have observed a link between deforestation and poverty. They believe that trees are the answer to the economic support of communities, the improvement of people's lives and the restoration of the planet. Trees make positive contributions to, among other things, our respiratory and overall health needs, the beauty of our landscapes, the conservation of water and energy. It is safe to say that we cannot live without them.

Still, we cannot neglect to underscore that trees also contribute to the spiritual and mental development of those who are mindful. The following 30 quotes will make us reflect on lessons we have learned. They may also make us more willing to look for, and apply, more positive life principles that can be gleaned from our teachers in nature.


1. "A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance." ―Wangari Maathai

2. "Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one." ―Suzy Kassem

3. "If an old tree gets leveled by lightening, it reminds you that you're vulnerable too." ―Adriana Trigiani

4. "The storm hits the lonely tree more strongly!" ―Mehmet Murat ildan

5. "There's always an assumption of selflessness in planting a tree. You're supposed to think, while digging the hole, how far into the future the tree will grow and what shallow, unconvincing weeds we humans are in comparison." ―Verlyn Klinkenborg

6. "It’s when the apples ripen in the fall that I come to realize what the trees have been up to all summer. And when the fall of my life comes, will I have apples?"
Craig D. Lounsbrough

7. "You want to be the tallest tree in the forest and let all the trees see you easily; but remember that lightnings will easily see you as well!” ―Mehmet Murat ildan

8. "How beautiful is God's Garden and yet most people don't see it." ―Roland R Kemler

Good people ... will continue producing fruit like young, healthy trees.

Good people ... will continue producing fruit like young, healthy trees.


9. "We must be revived by the trees, which don’t apologize but grow from their roots and speak and speak simply, unified in the inarguable necessity of their biology." ―Sondra Charbadze

10. "Be like tree, it grows every day." ―Samuel Clément

11. "Good people are like budding palm trees . . . Even when they are old, they will continue producing fruit like young, healthy trees." ―Psalm 92: 12, 14 (ERV)

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12. "Here are maples, flashing.
And here are the oaks, holding on all winter
to their dry leaves.
And here are the pines, that will never fail,
until death, the instructions to be green.”
Mary Oliver


13. "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

14. "Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not." ―Mokokoma Mokhonoana

15. "I'm planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots." ―Andrea Koehle Jones

16. "It is very rare to find ground which produces nothing; if it is not covered with flowers, with fruit trees and grains, it produces briers and pines. It is the same with man; if he is not virtuous, he becomes vicious." ―Jean de la Bruyere

17. "There is no one as hypocritical as a man who massacred a tree in one place and cooled in the shadow of a tree in another place!" ―Mehmet Murat ildan

18. "The apple trees does not need the fruit that it produces. Yet, it gives the entirety of its life over to producing it for those who do. And I often wonder what would happen if we were more like a tree." ―Craig D. Lounsbrough

Even the trees exhale sweet love songs ... and echo out to all of creation.

Even the trees exhale sweet love songs ... and echo out to all of creation.


19. "Listen closely. Even the trees exhale sweet love songs that roll off their boughs and echo out to all of creation. Love is always in the air." ―Cristen Rodgers

20. "Think the tree that bears nutrition:
though the fruits are picked,
the plant maintains fruition.
So give all the love you have.
Do not hold any in reserve.
What is given is not lost; it shall return."
Kamand Kojouri

21. "Let your autobiography contain these words; "I was able to think positively, love affectionately and work efficiently." Thinking, loving and working are what make us different from animals and trees." ―Israelmore Ayivor


22. "Even as the leaves are falling, the buds of next year’s crop are already in place, waiting to erupt again in spring . . . It’s just getting on with it quietly. It will not burst into life in the spring. It will just put on a new coat and face the world again." ―Katherine May

23. "I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep ... Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long." ―May Sarton

24. "Oh oak tree, how they have pruned you.
Now you stand odd and strangely shaped!
You were hacked a hundred times . . .
I am like you . . .
I grow new leaves with patience
from branches hacked a hundred times.
In spite of all the pain and sorrow
I'm still in love with this mad, mad world."
Hermann Hesse

 Success is on the top, keep going.

Success is on the top, keep going.


25. "If you really want to eat, keep climbing. The fruits are on the top of the tree. Stretch your hands and keep stretching them. Success is on the top, keep going." ―Israelmore Ayivor

26. "Trees that start to bloom in spring despite all kinds of adverse weather conditions give mankind the following message: Even if you are not physically stronger than a power that wants to destroy you, it won’t destroy you as long as you are psychologically stronger than him! The power of perseverance is above everything!" ―Mehmet Murat ildan

27. "Long-term goals are like planting a tree that will bear fruits only after a few years . . . You must have faith and the motivation to be able to put in continuous effort for a long time." ―Awdhesh Singh


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

29. "The reason why even completely dried trees look as beautiful to our eyes as live trees is because of the respect and love we have for the beautiful goodnesses they did for all living things when they were alive!" ―Mehmet Murat ildan

30. "Planting a tree means you believe in, and care about, a world that will be there after you are gone. It means you have thought about more than yourself, and that you can imagine a future beyond your own lifespan, and you care about that future." ―James Rebanks

© 2022 Dora Weithers

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