Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. ~Bill Vaughnquoted in The Portable Curmudgeon compiled by Jon Winokur
Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
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
Save a tree. Eat a beaver. ~Author Unknown
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928
God in the whizzing of a pleasant wind
Shall march upon the tops of mulberry trees.
~George Peele, David and Fair Bathsabe, 1599QG
The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what "the story of the trees" would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand. ~Author Unknown, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938QSO
Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart.
Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees. ~J.J. Furnas
The groves were God’s first temples. ~William Cullen Bryant, "A Forest Hymn"
I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. ~John Muir
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. ~Willa Cather, 1913QG
As the poet said, "only God can make a tree" – probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on. ~Woody Allen
We all travel the milky way together, trees and men… trees are travellers, in the ordinary sense. They make journeys, not very extensive ones, it is true: but our own little comes and goes are only little more than tree-wavings – many of them not so much. ~John Muir, Scribner’s Monthly, November 1878
It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation’s need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted. ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message
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 CurtisQSO
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 FlaggQSO
Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree. ~Terri Guillemets
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, Maxims for Revolutionists, 1903
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 outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good. ~Sara Ebenreck, American Forests
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
They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. ~James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982
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
Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company. Only a few love to be alone. ~Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939QG
The trees are God’s great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.
A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. ~American Proverb
You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. ~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964
The best part of happiness is the pines. ~Terri Guillemets
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
Climb a tree – it gets you closer to heaven. ~Author Unknown
Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend,
Unnerves his strength, invites his end.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Woodnotes"
To heal mine aching moods,
Give me God’s virgin woods.