Best Forest Quotes and Captions for 2021

Spending time in nature is one of the things that we love to do. Being in the forest shows nature at its finest. It also allows you to slow down and appreciate the small things. We gathered the best forest quotes and in the woods quotes including inspirational forest quotes, forest bathing quotes, quotes about forests, nature forest quotes, funny forest quotes, quotes about walking in the woods and forest captions for Instagram to inspire you to spend more time outdoors and around trees.

We quit our jobs to travel over 10 years ago and since then we have spent time soaking in the best that nature has to offer in forests around the world. We have included some of our favourite pictures with the best quotes about spending time in the woods.

We also have other lists of quotes and captions about nature including the sun, waterfalls, sunsets, rivers, lakes, mountains, the sea, sunshine and sunrise.

I think you will find what you are looking for, whether it is inspiration to get outdoors and enjoy nature or captions for forest pictures. There is something for everyone.

Forest Quotes

These are our favourite forest quotations that help to articulate the way that we feel when spending time in the woods.

“A forest is a living thing like a human body…each part dependent on all the other parts.”

– Louis L’Amour 

“And we will meet in the woods far far away from this hustle and bustle… and share love and sunshine.” – Avijeet Das

“As the woods are the same, the trees standing in their places, the rocks and the earth… they are always different too, as lights and shadows and seasons and moods pass through them.”

– Emily Carr

“I love the forest. It is the place where you hear yourself better.”

– Fahadh Faasil

Man walking in the snow surrounded by trees covered in snow with a forest quotations on top
A perfect winter day for a snow hike in Vancouver

“Every forest branch moves differently in the breeze, but as they sway they connect at the roots.”

– Rumi

“For me, forests are like churches, hallowed places. There’s a stillness about them, a sort of reverence.”

– Sabrina Elkins

“Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally.”

– John Muir

“I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods.”

– Georg Trakl

“I grew up in a forest. It’s like a room. It’s protected. Like a cathedral… it is a place between heaven and earth.”

– Anselm Kiefer

Quotes About Forests

“Finland is officially the world’s happiest country. It is also 75 per cent forest. I believe these facts are related.”

– Matt Haig

“We’ve all got to come together, and we’ve got to protect what’s left of our ancient forests on this planet.”

– Stella McCartney

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

– Robert Frost

Woman in the distance walking on path with green forest and a in the woods quotes on top
The 11-day Tour du Mont Blanc hike is usually all about mountains but on one of our days in Switzerland the trail went through forests giving us a chance to relax and enjoy nature.

“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.”

– Washington Irving

“Our forests offer much more than just beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Each one has a different story to tell.”

– Raveena Tandon

In the Woods Quotes

Some of the most famous forest sayings are quotes about the woods including the classic walk in the woods quotes. These in the woods quotes encapsulate how spending time in the woods can slow you down and encourage you to look at things with a new eye.

“I love the outdoors and looking at snakes, squirrels, bugs – just going through the woods and being part of it. You can smell the different trees. And I listen. There’s so much you can learn by listening, by sitting and watching things happen.”

– Boo Weekley

“The woods invite me into themselves so that I might be drawn out of myself.”

– Craig D. Lounsbrough

Person standing amonst yellow trees with a walking in the woods quotes on top

“I sat staring, staring, staring – half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born.”

– Emily Carr

“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.”

– George Washington Carver

“No one who loves the woods stays on the path.”

– Millie Florence

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“In the woods we return to reason and faith.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal, and that when taken from the woods, he is never happy in his natural state, ’till he returns to them again.” – Benjamin Rush

Forest bathing Quotes

The idea of forest bathing – taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest without an agenda, other than to explore and appreciate nature using all of one’s sense – has become very popular recently. The practice began in Japan. They use the term Shinrin-yoku — which translates roughly to forest bathing and means the sense of well being you experience while in nature. There’s a growing body of evidence that the practice can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. These quotes about the forest and forest bathing get this idea across.

“The art of forest bathing is the art of connecting with nature through our senses.”

Dr. Li

Sun streaming through the trees with a forest bathing quotes on top
We were walking through the forest on the trail to the incredible Mystic Beach, with a waterfall that falls off a cliff to the beach below, when a sun beam came through the trees to highlight all the small details and stopped me in my tracks.

If forest bathing was a pill, drug makers would be touting it as the next wonderdrug.”

– Dr. Jason Holland

“An autumn forest is such a place that once entered you never look for the exit!”

– Mehmet Murat ildan

Check out our list of perfect Fall Captions.

“Anywhere which is in a forest, that’s my zen place.”

– Raveena Tandon

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

– John Muir

“You showed me there is something in the forest to cure most anything that bothers you.”

– Donald Smith

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”

– Alan Watts

“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.”

– John Muir

“If you’ve ever walked a mile into a virgin forest – you know, like a deep forest where trees have been uncut – the energy is totally different from the shopping mall.”

– James Redfield

“My instincts led me to meditate in the woods when I was a kid. I would emerge at sunset and announce to my family that we are all connected beings. I would watch the grass grow and dance with trees and realize that I was a necessary part of the inter-workings of the world.”

– Tara Stiles

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

– John Muir

“Nature soothes us. Nature heals us, and something more, the woods are a place of power.”

– Frederick Lenz

“The places of quiet are going away, the churches, the woods, the libraries. And it is only in silence we can hear the voice inside of us which gives us true peace.”

– James Rozoff

“The woods seemed all answer and healing and more than enough to live for.”

– Josephine Winslow Johnson

Quotes About Walking in the Woods

A walk through the trees makes everything better. We love these quotes about walking in the woods.

“If you walk into a forest – you hear all kinds of subtle sounds – but underneath there is an all pervasive silence.”

– Eckhart Tolle

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Person walking down trail with tall trees and a quotes about walking in the woods that reads I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

“I love walking in the woods, along the trails, by the beaches. I love being part of nature. I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one’s batteries.”

– Grace Kelly

“I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.”

– Alice Walker

“I love being in the woods, when I can just walk barefoot in the grass and just sit down and breathe. I love that so much.”

– Jessie Reyez

Rainforest Quotes

Any list of quotes about forests needs to have a rainforest quotes section. The world’s rainforests are often in the news and these quotes will make you stop and think a little more about their importance to us all.

“Every time we burn a gallon of gas or an acre of rain forest, aren’t we killing the future to preserve the present?”

– Chuck Palahniuk

“If man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rain forest with respect, man will become extinct.”

– Peter Benchley

Path through lush green forest with a rainforest quote on top
We knew the 4-day Milford Track trail, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, was known for it’s waterfalls and a spectacular high pass but we didn’t realize we would spend so much time walking through the forest.

“The tropical rain forests are a telling example. Once cut down, they rarely recover. Rainfall drops, deserts spread, the climate warms.”

– James Lovelock

“To describe the overwhelming life of a tropical forest just in terms of inert biochemistry and DNA didn’t seem to give a very full picture of the world.”

– Rupert Sheldrake

“We can halt the destruction of the world’s rainforests – and even restore parts of them – in order to ensure that the forests do what they are so good at – in other words, storing carbon naturally.”

– Prince Charles

Short Forest Quotes for Instagram

Sometimes you are just looking for a short forest quote for Instagram. These forest quotes are perfect for a caption for a forest post. They get across the feeling of being in the forest in a succinct way.

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

– John Muir

Picture of trees with many shades of green with the and into the forest I go quote on top
We were hiking in the forest near Cumberland, BC when we came out on a viewpoint over what felt like a neverending sea of trees in different shades of green.

“He who has no dreams, let him go to a beautiful forest to have many!”

– Mehmet Murat ildan

“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.”

– Lucy Larcom

“The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The groves were God’s first temples.”

– William Cullen Bryant

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

– John Muir

“I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods.”

– Georg Trakl

“I find my soul in forests…”

– Kedar dhepe

“Nothing can match the joy of a forest in the morning.”

– Millie Florence

“The forest is a quiet place if only the best birds sing.”

– Kay Johnson

“Only with a leaf can I talk of the forest.”

– Visar Zhiti

“Trees we plant today are forests we enjoy tomorrow.”

– Matshona Dhliwayo

“When you go into a forest, anything can happen.”

– David Farr

Magical Forest Quotes

You may have found your time in the forest to be a magical experience. This set of magical forest quotes and enchanted forest quotes can help encapsulate that same feeling.

“Here grew willows and alders, their trunks twisted like giants’ sinews. Around them bark lichen bloomed blue-white in the darkness. It felt like a good place, where there was old magic.”

– Duncan Harper

“I believed then – in a deep, easy way that is impossible for me as an adult – that there was more to this world than meets the eye. Trees had spirits; the wind spoke. If you followed a toad or a raven deep into the heart of the forest, they were sure to lead you to something magical.”

– Jennifer McMahon

“Once upon a time, forests were repositories of magic for the human race.”

– John Burnside

Man walking on trail with dense forest on both sides and a magical forest quote on top
We were hiking along this lovely path surrounding by the most amazing forest on our way to see the tide pools at the Botanical Beach.

“The forest has always been a place, in fairy tales and in Shakespeare, where you go and discover who you are. You get stripped of everything you thought you were, some type of ordeal takes place, and you come out stronger.”

– David Farr

Dark Forest Quotes

Many quotes about forests bring into play how it is to be in the forest at night.

“Being in the woods at night is a beautiful thing.”

– Hugo Weaving

“By reading Huckleberry Finn I felt I was able to justify my act of going into the mountain forest at night and sleeping among the trees with a sense of security which I could never find indoors.”

– Kenzaburo Oe

“The forest was not dark, because darkness has nothing to do with the forest – the forest is made of life, of light – but the trees moved with wind and subtle creatures.”

– Lauren Groff

“There’s nothing more frightening – and exciting – than getting lost in a forest. There is a journey towards the light, and you’ve got to go through the dark to get to the light. That’s what the forest is all about.”

– David Farr

“The woods always look different at night…as if the daytime trees and flowers and stones had gone to bed and sent slightly more ominous versions of themselves to take their places.”

– Suzanne Collins

Funny Forest Quotes

You might also be looking for a funny forest quote for Instagram. If so, these forest captions are for you!

“Trees’re always a relief, after people.”

– David Mitchell

May the forest be with you!

This view is tree-mendous!

We tend to spend a few months at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala every year. It is the ‘Land of Eternal Spring’ which means it is the perfect temperature to be outside enjoying nature all year round. And the views of the lake rimmed with volcanoes through the forest is always impressive.

“Tree’s company”

“There is no wifi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection.”

“Here is a photo of me and my therapist.”

“I just wanna kick it in the woods with my birches.”

“I chose the road less traveled and now I don’t know where I am.”

The closer you are to nature the further you are from idiots.”

Nature Forest Quotes

Many times people are looking for a nature forest quote that combines not just the woods but all of the nature found in it. The quotes showcased below discuss the beauty of nature, preserving wildlife, and why getting lost in the woods might be a good idea.

“A forest shares a history which each tree remembers even after it has been felled.”

– Anne Michaels

“Going for a leisurely walk in the forest feels like getting a big ol’ hug from Mother Nature.”

– Jamie Erwine

Man walking on trail beside tall skinny trees with a nature forest quotes on top
Hornby Island, off Vancouver Island, has so many things to do but our favourite is walking the cliff trail with its tall straight trees.

“As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. Going back all the way to my childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery.”

– David Mixner

“A rose started off a bud, a bird started off an egg, and a forest started off a seed.”

– Matshona Dhliwayo

“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.”

– George Nakashima 

“Each summer’s night the woods abound with sounds. And I always thought how wonderful it was that nature sings even when it’s asleep.”

– Craig D. Lounsbrough

“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

“I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.”

– Gunter Grass

“I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun: If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred; trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.”

– Mikhail Gorbachev

“I love the fact that we are surrounded by this spectacular natural beauty that routinely strikes us dead. Hikers walk off into the woods and are never seen again. And still we tug on our fleece and skip off into the wilderness, not a care in the world.” – Chelsea Cain

Inspirational Forest Quotes

This is the list of the quotes that we found to be inspirational or will works as life lessons.

“A grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great or beautiful cathedral.”

 – Theodore Roosevelt 

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

– Martin Luther

“Seeds, not doubting their potential, rise and become forests.”

– Matshona Dhliwayo

Picture of woman walking on suspension bridge towards dense forest with a inspirational forest quotes on top
Many people do not know that the trek to Everest Base Camp starts out with stretches through the forest with long suspension bridges before it eventually ends up above the tree line.

 “Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.”

– Aldo Leopold

“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 seed stores a forest; a mind stores a universe.”

– Matshona Dhliwayo

“But more impressive than the facts and figures as to height, width, age, etc., are the entrancing beauty and tranquility that pervade the forest, the feelings of peace, awe and reverence that it inspires.”

– George MacDonald

“Forests were the first temples of the Divinity, and it is in the forests that men have grasped the first idea of architecture.”

– François-René de Chateaubriand

“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

“In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.”

– John Fowles

“It’s one thing not to see the forest for the trees, but then to go on to deny the reality of the forest is a more serious matter.”

– Paul Weiss

“It is the peculiar nature of the forest, that life and death may ever be found within its bounds, in immediate presence of each other; both with ceaseless, noiseless advances, aiming at the mastery; and if the influences of the first be most general, those of the last are the most striking.”

– Susan Fenimore Cooper

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”

– Napoleon Hill

Need for Conservation: Quotes About Forests

The need to conserve the world’s forest is becoming more and more apparent. These quotes show the importance of doing something now.

“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

“Forests are the world’s air-conditioning system – the lungs of the planet – and we are on the verge of switching it off.”

– Prince Charles

“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

“Humanity is cutting down its forests, apparently oblivious to the fact that we may not be able to live without them.”

– Isaac Asimov

We spend a lot of our time at the truly picturesque Lake Bled wandering the forests in the surrounding hills finding the best viewpoints of the lake.

“I know there is pain when sawmills close and people lose jobs, but we have to make a choice. We need water and we need these forests.”

– Wangari Maathai

“If you cut down a forest, it doesn’t matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.” – Susan George

“Most people know that forests are the lungs of our planet, literally playing a critical role in every breath we take. And that they’re also home to incredible animals like the orangutan and elephant, which will go extinct if we keep cutting down their forests.”

– Chris Noth

“Sadly, it’s much easier to create a desert than a forest.”

– James Lovelock

“The cutting of primeval forest and other disasters, fueled by the demands of growing human populations, are the overriding threat to biological diversity everywhere.”

– E. O. Wilson

“The death of the forest is the end of our life.”

– Dorothy Stang

“The improvement of forest trees is the work of centuries. So much more the reason for beginning now.”

– George Perkins Marsh

“When humanity wins its battle against the forests, this victory will be humanity’s greatest defeat!”

– Mehmet Murat ildan

Forest Captions for Instagram

If you are looking for something short and simple for your next caption for forest pics look no further than our list for forest captions for Instagram. We included a few puns and funny forest captions too. If you like these you might want to check out our list of Tree Captions.

Lost in the woods

Find me where the forests are

Woman hiking up a hill surrounded by tall trees with a forest captions that reads find me where the forests are

Walking in a forest is a treet

Spending time in the forest

Life is better with forests

I feel most alive in the woods

Time spent in the forest is never wasted

Getting lost in the forest

Lost in the woods. Don’t care.

Listen to the forest

I belong in the forest

A walk in the woods

The forests are my retreet

Feeling at home in the woods

Losing myself in the woods

Woman hiking through tall trees with a forest captions that reads losing myself in the woods

Find me where the forests are

Clearing my head with time in the woods

In my happy place – surrounded by trees

Lost my heart to the woods

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is my favorite tree

Forests stretching to the horizon In awe of the woods

If you enjoyed these forest captions and quotes you may also enjoy our other quotes about the outdoors including quotes about waterfalls, enjoying sunsets, and spending time in nature on lakes or while hiking or trekking.

Let us know in the comments if we missed any quotes that you think should be included and we will update the list.

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