For the Love of Trees…

“Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.”
– Kahlil Gibran.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson.

MUSIC.

“There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” – Minnie Aumonier.

“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.

“Why are there trees I never walk under
But large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?”
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1892.

“The trees are whispering to me, reminding me of my roots, and my reach… shhhhhh… can you hear them?  Selflessly sharing their subtle song.” – Jeb Dickerson.

“Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats.” – Woody Allen.

FRIENDSHIP.

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

“There are rich counsels in the trees.” – Herbert P. Horne.

“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.

“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.” – J. Lubbock.

“The groves were God’s first temples.” – William Cullen Bryant, ‘A Forest Hymn.’

“Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved.  You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?” – Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982.

“I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them.” – James Russell Lowell.

“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, 1938.

“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.” – Hal Borland.

“Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend,
Unnerves his strength, invites his end.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Woodnotes.’

SERENITY.

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

“To heal mine aching moods,
Give me God’s virgin woods.”
– Clinton Scollard.

“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.” – Osho.

“Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company. Only a few love to be alone.” – Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939.

“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.

“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 Flagg.

“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 emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” – Robert Louis Stevenson.

“Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree.  He doesn’t eat much and doesn’t read much, but listens well and is a most gracious host.” – Astrid Alauda.

“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.” – Willa Cather, 1913.

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928.

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” – John Muir.

FOOLISHNESS.

“I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.”
– Ogden Nash, ‘Song of the Open Road,’ 1933.

“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.”
– Joyce Kilmer, “Trees,” 1914.

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

“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 tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way.” – William Blake.

“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.  But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” – Henry David Thoreau.

“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” – Bill Vaughn.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.” – James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982.

“Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat – glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only tree he touches is the cleverly fabricated plastic evergreen that shades his gifts on Christmas morning?” – Frank N. Ikard, North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Houston, March 1968.

“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.

HOPE.

“He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.”
– Lucy Larcom, ‘Plant a Tree.’

“”He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” – Dr. Thomas Fuller.

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

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” – William Shakespeare.

“To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them – the whole leaf and root tribe.” – Henry Ward Beecher.

“The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber.  The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert.

“Trees are your best antiques.” – Alexander Smith.

“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.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb.

“No town can fail of beauty, though its walks were gutters and its houses hovels, if venerable trees make magnificent colonnades along its streets.” – Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs, 1887.

“If I knew I should die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.” – Stephen Girard.

“Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good.” – Sara Ebenreck, American Forests.

“Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total.” – Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning.

“Climb a tree – it gets you closer to heaven.” – Author Unknown.

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~ by revolutionwithin on July 13, 2010.

One Response to “For the Love of Trees…”

  1. Love the Khalil Gibran qoute.

    lovelikewater.wordpress.com

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