Wood Sayings and Quotes

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

The rational conquest of the environment by means of machines is fundamentally the work of a woodman...Stone is a mass: but wood, by its nature, is already a structure. Lewis Mumford
Wood, then, was the most various, the most shapeable, the most serviceable of all the materials that man has employed in his technology: evan stone was at best an accessory. Lewis Mumford
Wood' is an old name for forest. In the wood there are paths, mostly overgrown, that come to an abrupt stop where the wood is untrodden. Martin Heidegger
Wood is only one-syllable word, but behind it lies a world full of beauty and wonder. Theodor Heuss
Wood is a deep and satisfying look at one of our most treasured resources. Harvey Green
We think the fire eats the wood. We are wrong. The wood reaches out to the flame. The fire licks at what the wood harbors, and the wood gives itself away to that intimacy, the manner in which we and the world meet each new day. Jack Gilbert
After all it was only wood. It'd rot in a few hundred years. By the measure of infinity, it hardly existed at all. On average, considered over the lifetime of the multiverse, most things didn't. Terry Pratchett
Old is the tree and the fruit good, / Very old and thick the wood. / Woodman, is your courage stout? / Beware! the root is wrapped about / Your mother's heart, your father's bones; / And like the mandrake comes with groans. Robert Louis Stevenson
A wood at night, or even more at twilight, can be a strange place. Fear begins to come more quickly in a wood, with darkness and twilight, than in any other place I know. H.E. Bates
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood. Jordan Peterson
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results. Albert Einstein
When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. Steve Jobs
Gold is more precious than wood, it is true. But you cannot and will not cook with or write on gold, you cook with 'wood' and write on wood. Just because one seems to have superior value does not render others useless. A forest full of trees is as important as a gold mine. Paul Bamikole
Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire. Chinese Proverb
Better walk on wooden legs, than be carried on a wooden bier. Danish Proverb
The tree casts its shadow on everything, even upon the woodcutter. Indian Proverb
A tree's wood is also its memoir. Hope Jahren
My father, who was a cabinetmaker, told me, 'Wood has a grain and if you go into the grain, you have beauty. If you go against it, you have splinters - it breaks.' And I took that as my view of life. You have to follow the grain - to be sensitive to the direction of life. Christian Loubotin
You feel a certain way in a glass or concrete or limestone building. It has an effect on your skin - the same with plywood or veneer, or solid timber. Wood doesn't steal energy from your body the way glass and concrete steal heat. When it's hot, a wood house feels colder than a concrete one, and when it's cold, the other way around. Peter Zumthor