150+ Tree Quotes – Inspirational Quotes About Trees

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Trees stand tall’s timeless wonders as symbols of strength, wisdom, and growth. The best tree quotes encapsulate the essence of these majestic beings, offering insights that resonate with the human spirit.

These sayings are more than words; they inspire, instruct, and provoke thought.

People often seek these words for solace in nature’s wisdom, to draw parallels between the tenacity of trees and their bravery, and to serve as a constant reminder of the importance of being rooted in the face of adversity.

Join us as we examine the deep meanings of these motivational quotes about trees and how they enhance our lives.

Best Tree Quotes

I have always felt the living presence Of trees The forest that calls to me as deeply As I breathe, As though the woods were marrow of my bone. – Michael S. Glaser


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

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. – William Blake


A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.  — Amelia Earhart


A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.


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


The tree is the grand poem of the living world, a beauty that encourages the spirit to dance though words, to make our odes to its branches that spread heaven-bound. And in the strong light of the new day, it creates a kiss for the senses in those moving leaves, the thousand green hues and the soft whispering in the wind.


Really impressed with this company, the owners, and their crew. We had 2 fairly large trees that needed to be trimmed/taken down. They did a GREAT job. They gave us a great price – highly recommend them. – Linda D. Garrison Ridge

Science is like a big tree. How can a person not hold it?


A queen might be proud to walk where these gallant trees have spread their bright cloaks in the mud. I see wagons roll over them as a shadow or reflection, and the drivers heed them just as little as they did their own shadows before.— Autumnal Tints


All things share the same breath -the beast, the tree, the man…the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. – Chief Seattle


A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. – D. Elton Trueblood


What was the wood, what the tree out of which heaven and earth were fashioned? – Rig Veda


I’ve got an image of me at the bottom of my garden sitting under my silver birch tree reading, while everyone else had gone somewhere exotic. – Geri Halliwell

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. – DENNY MCKEOWN


The trees are God’s great alphabet: With them, He writes in shining green Across the world His thoughts serene. – Leonora Speyer


Even if one tree falls down it wouldn’t affect the entire forest. – Chen Shui-bian


What letters do you see backward?” “Well, O, I, T, A, M, V, X, U . . . and some others. – Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.  – Albert Einstein


When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. – Thomas Carlyle

A birch tree doesn’t feel cosmic fulfillment when a moose munches its leaves; the tree species, in fact, evolves to fight the moose, to keep the animal’s munching lips away from vulnerable young leaves and twigs. In the final analysis, the merciless hand of natural selection will favor the birch genes that make the treeless and less palatable to the moose in generation after generation. No plant species could survive for long by offering itself as unprotected fodder. – Robert T. Bakke


A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. – Anton Chekhov


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


The trees encountered on a country stroll Reveal a lot about that country’s soul …A culture is no better than its woods. – W.H.Auden


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


The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree. – Steven Alexander Wright


Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. – Victor Hugo

The need for a garden of rare palms and vines and ornamental trees and shrubs which would be near enough to a growing city to form a quiet place where children with their elders could peer, as it were, into those fascinating jungles and palm glades of the tropics which have for generations stimulated the imaginations of American youth. — David Fairchild


Being thus prepared for us in all ways, and made beautifully, and good for food, and for building, and for instruments of our hands, this race of plants, deserving boundless affection and admiration from us, become, in proportion to their obtaining it, a nearly perfect test of our being in the right temper of mind and way of life; so that no one can be far wrong in either who loves trees enough, and everyone is assuredly wrong in both who does not love them if his life has brought them in his way. –  John Ruskin


Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment. – Rene Dubos


How dear the woods are! You beautiful trees! I love every one of you as a friend. – Lucy Maud Montgomery


They’re always a relief, after people. – DAVID MITCHELL


A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. – Marcu s Garvey


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

If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. – Ellen DeGeneres


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


He who plants a tree. Plants a hope. – Lucy Larcom


A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap. – Abraham Lincoln


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


Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back. ― J.K. Rowling


I part the out thrusting branches And come in beneath The blessed and the blessing trees. – Wendell Berry

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. – Hermann Hess


Around a flowering tree, one finds many insects. – Proverb from Guinea


All our wisdom is stored in the trees. — Santosh Kalwar


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


These guys were great, nice people. I highly recommend them! – Judy C. Barrett Parkway


We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


A political country is like an American forest_ you have only to cut down the old trees, and immediately new trees come up to replace them. – Walter Bagehot

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


A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its Tormentor. – George William Curtis


Like many kids, I used to pretend all sorts of things. I would climb into a tree and imagine that I was on an island, that the grass below we were an ocean, that the leaves were the fins of sharks. Perhaps unlike many people, I never really stopped. I still have a childlike predisposition to fantasize and share my fantasies. – Mohsin Hamid


Everyone is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking that it’s stupid. – Lynda Mullaly Hunt


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.  – Thomas Jefferson


All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs evergreen. – Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe


A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. – William Blake

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. – Alice Walker


We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations. – Caecilius Statius


A mountain without a forest is an absurdity and it creates a serious illness of the Earth’s surface. – Dr E. Pfeiffer


He that plants trees, loves others besides himself. —  Dr. Thomas Fuller


Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. – David Letterman


Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. – William Booth


A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise. — Roger Ebert

Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? –  Walt Whitman


We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. – Aldo Leopold


Now we enter the ancient wood. In what wild forms the gnarled and mossy boughs are twisted, what a sensation of sacred repose.  – Henry James Slack


The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – RALPH WALDO EMERSON


The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. – Homaro Cantu


A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity. – Alexander Smith


Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree. – Joyce Meyer

People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people. ― Bryce Nelson


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


Try to forget what objects you have before you – a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you. – Claude Monet


Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish. ― Munia Khan


The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ― John Muir


If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. – Jim Rohn


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

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


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


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


In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike. — Paulo Coelho


Trees are your best antiques. – Alexander Smith


To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree – after a year and a thousand miles. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Advice from a Tree Stand tall and proud Sink your roots into the earth Be content with your natural beauty to Go out on a limb Drink plenty of water Remember your roots enjoy the view. – Ilan Shamir

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


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


I think ‘The Sunset Tree’ is really the album on which I really learned to trust other musicians, which is so important. – John Darnielle


Whenever I do my best, they tell me I don’t try hard enough. – Lynda Mullaly Hunt


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


May my life be like a great hospitable tree, and may weary wanderers find in me a rest. – John Henry Jowett


I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. – Willa Cather

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in a low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. – Robert H. Schuller


From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and bark which brace mankind…A town is saved, not more by the righteous men in it than by the woods and swamps that surround it… – Henry David Thoreau


Love is a tree; and lovers are its shade. – Rumi


Your soul is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees. —  Marcel Proust


All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.  – Albert Einstein


A man was famous according to as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. — Bible


Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root. –  Malay prover

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


Is not the smell of forests delicious? it seems to ascend like the smoke of incense. – Henry James Slack


A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things. – GEORGE R. R. MARTIN


A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human. – Georges Rouault


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


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


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


Between every two pine trees, there is a door leading to a new way of life. – John Muir

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


One-touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ― WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human. ― Maggie Stiefvater


Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – ABRAHAM LINCOLN


When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself.  You connect with it at a very deep level.  You feel oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness. –   Eckhart Tolle


And see the peaceful trees extend Their myriad leaves in leisured dance. – Kathleen Raine


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


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

A tree that is unbending, is easily broken. – LAO TZU


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


Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing. — Joanne Rapids


Few people realize this, but cutting down the trees is one of the things that keeps us Malawians poor. -William Kamkwamba


I am not bound for any public place, but for the 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


A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. – Saint Basil


But down deep, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical. – Carl Sagan


As by the way of innuendo Lucus is made a nonlucendo. – Charles Churchill

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. – MAHATMA GANDHI


Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of bright torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. – George Bernard Shaw


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


Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop. —  Rumi


A paper cut — A tree’s last revenge! — Anonymous


Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.  – Carl Jung


Of the infinite variety of fruits which spring from the bosom of the earth, the trees of the wood are the greatest indignity. –  Susan Fenimore Cooper


October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. – Nova Bair


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


He that planteth a tree is the servant of God, He provideth a kindness for many generations And faces that he hath not seen shall bless him. – HENRY VAN DYKE


It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man. – Henry David Thoreau


Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple. – MARTIN O’MALLEY


Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.  – Chad Sugg


A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral. — Theodore Roosevelt


Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking. ― Wangari Maathai


I looked up my family tree and found three dogs using it. – Rodney Dangerfield


Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness. ― Herman Hesse


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. ― John Lubbock


Friendship is a sheltering tree. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge


As a tree, even though it has been cut down, is firm so long as its root is safe, and grows again, thus, unless the feeders of thirst are destroyed, the pain (of life) will return again and again. – Friedrich Max Muller


That tree whose leaves are trembling: it is yearning for something. – Diego Hurtado de Mendoza


Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence. And though rooted in the 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


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


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


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


Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree. – RABINDRANATH TAGORE


I could faintly smell the ocean. I imagined being one of the old oak trees standing there swaying in the wind and braving all sorts of weather. I pondered what they had seen in the past and what they might see in the future. – NANCY B. BREWER


Trees around your house can increase its value by 15% or more.  – Arbor Day Foundation


The best friend of man on earth is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth. – Frank Lloyd Wright


Maybe you are searching among branches for what only appears in the Roots. – Rumi


No tree in all the grove but has its charms, Though each its hue peculiar. – William Cowper


Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees. – J. Willard Marriott

In the quiet wisdom of trees, we find solace and strength. Best tree quotes weave nature’s lessons into our lives, reminding us to be resilient. Let these quotes be the whispers of growth, shaping us as we journey with nature’s enduring grace. Embrace the wisdom of the best tree quotes.

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