Trees Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old trees quotes, trees sayings, and trees proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.     

William Shakespeare

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

To really feel a forest canopy one must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination.     

Joan Maloof

Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.     

Warren Buffett

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.     

Chris Maser

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.     

Chinese Proverb

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

When trees burn, they leave the smell of heartbreak in the air.     

Jodi Thomas

Yes, a Christmas tree is something we cannot do without. Because a tree with all the trimmings...     

Stan Berenstain

Grow more trees; profoundly disseminate the essence of / symbiotically majestic existence; to even the most remotely fathomless quarters of this gigantic Universe     

Nikhil Parekh

Grow more trees; inhale unending mountains of / gregariously fresh breath; into the jacket of your / abominably pulverized and salaciously deteriorating lungs     

Nikhil Parekh

They are cutting down the great plane-trees at the end of / the gardens. / For days there has been the grate of the saw, the swish of / the branches as they fall     

Charlotte Mary Mew

It is not for a moment the Spring is unmade to-day; / These were great trees, it was in them from root to stem     

Charlotte Mary Mew

Pines against the sky, / Pluming the purple hill; / Pines . . . and I wonder why, / Heart, you quicken and thrill? / Wistful heart of a boy, / Fill with a strange sweet joy, / Lifting to Heaven nigh - / Pines against the sky.     

Robert William Service

Trees, trees against the sky - / O I have loved them well! / There are pleasures you cannot buy, / Treasurers you cannot sell, / And not the smallest of these / Is the gift and glory of trees. . .      

Robert William Service

But, Blossoms On The Trees, / With your breath upon the breeze / There's nothing all the world around / As half as sweet as you!     

James Whitcomb Riley

The trees along this city street, / Save for the traffic and the trains, / Would make a sound as thin and sweet / As trees in country lanes.     

Edna St. Vincent Millay

And people standing in their shade / Out of a shower, undoubtedly / Would hear such music as is made / Upon a country tree.     

Edna St. Vincent Millay

But you, dear trees, from your birth to your hour of dying, / Have cared for this one way only of being wise. / Lovely, lovely, lovely, the sapling sighing. / Lovely the dead tree lies.     

Lesbia Harford

Tall trees along the road, / I never saw you / Last year in summertime. / He came before you / With his blue eyes. / Warm wind along the road, / I never knew you / Last year in summertime.     

Lesbia Harford

I wonder about the trees. / Why do we wish to bear / Forever the noise of these / More than another noise / So close to our dwelling place?     

The Sound of Trees

Glowing through the ranks of pine, / Clear along the mountain-crest! / Long, long, long the trail / Out of sorrow's lonely vale; / But at last the traveler sees / Light between the trees!     

Henry Van Dyke

Then from the sad west turning wearily, / I saw the pines against the white north sky, / Very beautiful, and still, and bending over / Their sharp black heads against a quiet sky. / And there was peace in them; and I / Was happy, and forgot to play the lover, / And laughed, and did no longer wish to die; / Being glad of you, O pine-trees and the sky!     

Rupert Brooke

The trees in the garden rained flowers. / Children ran there joyously. / They gathered the flowers / Each to himself.     

Stephen Crane

The trees that grow along thy living stream, / And from its springs refreshment ever drink, / Forever glittering in thy morning beam / They bend them o'er the river's grassy brink     

Jones Very

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest / Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; / A tree that looks at God all day, / And lifts her leafy arms to pray     

Joyce Kilmer

A liquid moon / moves gently among / the long branches. / Thus having prepared their buds / against a sure winter / the wise trees / stand sleeping in the cold.     

William Carlos Williams

I got the licence / I got dirty knees / I've been swinging in trees / Get out of cities, return to the trees, yeah yeah get out of cities, return to the trees, yeah yeah     

Blur