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Perfect Tree Quotes and Sayings

Spending time among the trees helps you slow down and listen to nature. We have scoured the internet to come up with a list of the best tree quotes. They include inspirational tree quotes, planting trees quotes, tree of life quotes, tree love quotes, quotes about trees and life, short tree quotes for Instagram, funny tree quotes, quotes on trees and the seasons, the fish climbing a tree quote, Joshua Tree quotes and tree sayings and proverbs.

 So, whether you are heading out for a walk through the trees or you are watching trees sway in the wind from your window you will find the perfect quote for trees here.

We have also paired some of our favorite tree quotes with our favorite tree pics from hiking in the Dolomites in Italy and the Canadian Rockies.

Scroll on through or jump ahead to find your favorite tree quote.

Tree Quotes

Here are our favorite tree quotes.

“Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Be like a tree. The tree gives shade even to him who cuts off its boughs.” – Sri Chaitanya

“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

“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

“Trees are sanctuaries.” – Herman Hesse

Person hiking with tree quotes by Herman Hesse

“I’m like a tree. My leaves might change color, but my roots are the same.” – Rose Namajunas

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

“We can learn a lot from trees: they’re always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward.” – Everett Mamor

“Gold is a luxury. Trees are necessities. Man can live and thrive without gold, but we cannot survive without trees.” – Paul Bamikole

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

“When you are lost in the wilderness, a tree will always point you in the right direction.” – Anthony T. Hincks

Inspirational Tree Quotes

You’ll love these inspirational tree quotes. You might also like our list of Short Inspirational Quotes.

“Learn character from trees, values from roots and change from leaves” – Tasneern Harneed

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” – Kahlil Gibran

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

“Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.” – Victor Hugo

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“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” – Winston Churchill

“Trees are always a relief, after people.” – David Mitchell

Trees and a lake with inspirational tree quotes by David Mitchell

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

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

“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

“A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.” – David Douglas

Planting Trees Quotes

These planting trees quotes are all about planning for the future.

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

“On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree.” – W.S. Merwin

“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” – Lucy Larcom

Person hiking with planting trees quotes by Lucy Larcom

“I’m planting a tree to remind me to be open and kindhearted.” ― Andrea Koehle Jones

“He that plants trees, loves others besides himself.” – Thomas Fuller

“Trees we plant today are forests we enjoy tomorrow.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

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

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to make the world a better place.” ― Andrea Koehle Jones

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

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.” ― Andrea Koehle Jones

Tree of Life Quotes

Check out these tree of life quotes.

“Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most must mourn the deepest o’er the fatal truth, the Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.” ― George Gordon Byron, Manfred

“The world citizen is a small leaf on the tree of life.” ― Suzy Kassem

Trees and lake with a tree of life quotes by Suzy Kassem

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The tree of life was always there. Evolution just fills in the gaps.” – Simon Conway Morris

“On top of the Tree of Life – in the Hall of the Palace – someone had found somebody for whom he had been searching for a long, long time. And the tears of joy which were shed became the fruit of the Tree of Life, the grapes whose juice is distilled by the flute of the blue god.” ― Miguel Serrano

“Art is the Tree of Life, Science is the Tree of Death.” ― William Blake

“Maybe that’s why God had placed the angel at the Garden of Eden—to keep people away from the Tree of Life? Not to prevent them from having something good, but to protect them from something that had the potential to ultimately destroy the world?” ― Jody Hedlund

“My dear, dear pollywog, you do not need to look far for the Tree of Life. You ARE the Tree of Life. Your feet, its roots. Your arms , its limbs. Your mind, its flower.” ― David Paul Kirkpatrick

“The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.” – Paul Kurtz

Tree Love Quotes

If you like these tree love quotes you might also like our list of Short Love Quotes.

“It’s as difficult to win love as to wrap salt in pine needles.” – Ancient Chinese Poverb

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

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

“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

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

Person hiking with tree love quotes by Millie Florence

“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

“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

Quotes About Trees and Life

Scroll through these life quotes about trees to find your favorite quote about trees and life.

“No writing on the solitary, meditative dimensions of life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees.”  – Thomas Merton

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

“Be as useful as a tree! Give life to others; be shelter to everyone; grant fruits to all! Be good like a tree!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Person by tree with quotes about trees and life by Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, unnerves his strength, invites his end.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“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

“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

“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 death of the forest is the end of our life.” – Dorothy Stang

“Ancient trees are precious. There is little else on Earth that plays host to such a rich community of life within a single living organism.” — Sir David Attenborough

Short Tree Quotes for Instagram

These short tree quotes for Instagram will work perfectly for your next post featuring trees. If you like quotes that are short check out our list of the Best Short Quotes.

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Trees give peace to the souls of men.” – Nora Waln

Trees reflected in lake with short tree quotes for Instagram by nora waln

“All our wisdom is stored in the trees.” – Santosh Kalwar

“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” – Moliere

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.” – Hal Borland

“Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time.” – Katrina Mayer

“The trees will tell their secrets to those that tune in.” – Steven Magee

“The groves were God’s first temples.” – William Cullen Bryant

Funny Tree Quotes

These funny tree quotes will put a smile on your face.

“God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!””—  Joseph Campbell

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” —  Rumi

“There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” —  Bob Ross

“A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?” —  Ronald Reagan

“Maybe in our world there lives a happy little tree over there.” – Bob Ross

Person hiking with funny tree quotes by Bob Ross

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

“Don’t let the tree hide the forest.” —  French proverb

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

Quotes for Trees and the Seasons

If you like these seasonal quotes for trees you might like our Short Fall Quotes, Short Winter Quotes and Short Spring Quotes.

“No one can look at a pine tree in winter without knowing that spring will come again in due time.” -Frank Bolles

“The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.” – Norman Douglas

Snowy tree with quotes for trees by Norman Douglas

“In snowbound, voiceless, mountain depths, to herald spring, pine trees sound in tune.” – Princess Shikishi

“That is the way leaves fall around a tree in autumn, a tree unaware of the rain running down its sides, of the sun or the frost, and of life gradually retreating inward. The tree does not die. It waits.” —  Hermann Hesse

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” — Chad Sugg

“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.” — e.e. cummings

“There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees – as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.” – Ruth Ahmed

“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.” — Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”. – Emily Brontë

“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves…” — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Fish Climbing a Tree Quote

This famous fish climbing a tree quote is often incorrectly attributed to Albert Einstein.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Unknown

Forest Quotes

If you like these quotes we have a whole list of the Best Forest Quotes.

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

“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

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

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

Person on trail with quotes about walking in the forest by John Muir

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

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

“I find my soul in forests…” – Kedar dhepe

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

Pine Tree Quotes

We love these pine tree quotes.

“Fill the path, With fallen needles, Of the pine tree, So that no one knows, If anyone lives there.” — Ikkyu

“The pine tree seems to listen, the fir tree to wait and both without impatience: they give no thought to the little people beneath them devoured by their impatience and their curiosity.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.” – Ho Chi Minh

“Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts . . .” – John Muir

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

People hiking with pine tree quotes by John Muir

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” – Helen Keller

“The best part of happiness is the pines.” – Terri Guillemets

“The Jack Pine grows to any shape that suits the light, suits the winds, suits itself.” – Milton Acorn

“Wild like the wind, In the tall pine trees, I got roots, And I got wings” – Miranda Lambert

“Learn about a pine tree from a pine tree, and about a bamboo plant from a bamboo plant.” – Matsuo Basho

“You can live 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

Joshua Tree Quotes

Check out these Joshua Tree quotes.

“Joshua Tree was named by Mormon pioneers- The arms looked like Joshua beckoning them to the promised land.” — Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

“From the time the Joshua tree was a tiny sapling, it had been so beaten down by the whipping wind that, rather than trying to grow skyward, it had grown in the direction that the wind pushed it. It existed now in a permanent state of windblowness, leaning over so far that it seemed ready to topple, although, in fact, its roots held it firmly in place.” – Jeannette Walls

One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty. — Jeannette Walls

“California is an unbelievable state. One day I might be in a spiritual place like Joshua Tree, then before I know it, I’m eating groovy sushi in a mini-mall. I’m a Cali girl through and through.” – Drew Barrymore

Palm Tree Quotes

Here are our favorites from our list of Palm Tree Quotes.

“The dance of the palm trees, the oceans calling, the first rays of sun and heaven is here.” – Michael Dolan

“Beneath the sunset skies tall, silver-shafted palm-trees rise.” ― William C. Bryant

“Palm trees are growin’ and a warm breezing a blowin’.” ― Blake Shelton

“I’m a sucker for turquoise sea, white beaches and palm trees.” – Bruno Tonioli

Beach with blue ocean and palm trees and a palm quotes for Instagram that reads I'm a sucker for a turquoise sea, white beaches, and palm trees

“Focus on this moment. Hold your hand and see what it feels like. Go look at some grass. Talk to a palm tree. Outrun a Ferrari. Experience life.” – Frederick Lenz

“Sipping a piña colada under a palm tree at the edge of the turquoise ocean is idyllic” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“The palm tree that sways in the breeze stays standing the longest.” ―  Shay Mitchell

“These palm trees like my old homeboys, hella shady.” – Chamillionaire

“Laying under the palm trees waiting for the sunset.” – Garvit Singh

“It’s like a palm tree by the ocean that endures the greatest winds because it knows how to gracefully bend.” – Stephen Kendrick            

Cherry Tree Quotes

If you like these cherry tree quotes check out our list of Cherry Blossom Quotes about the most beautiful 2 weeks of the year.

“Yes, the cherry trees put this truth very plainly: none of the glory of blossoms and autumn leaves lasts long in this fleeting world.” – Murasaki Shikibu

“Loveliest of trees the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough” – A.E. Housman

“In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.” Kobayashi Issa

Cherry blossoms with cherry blossom sayings

“I hiked out to the country On a path of self-discovery But all I found was a cherry blossom tree as I believe in harming melodies hypnotized by a silent breeze The of this cherry blossom tree” – Imaginary Cities 

“The ornamental cherry trees’ blossoms called sakura, are as closely associated with the image of Japan held by the rest of the world as is Mount Fuji” – Ann McClellan

“Come see the cherry trees of a water constellation and the round key of the rapid universe, come touch the fire of instantaneous blue, come before its petals are consumed” – Pablo Neruda

So cross me cherry blossom tree For you have witnessed it all You’ve seen the world change suddenly At its height and at its fall” – Imaginary Cities

“What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms” – Kobayashi Issa

Pink trees with city behind and short cherry blossom quotes for Instagram by Kobayashi Issa

“We celebrate the cherry tree not for its efficiency but for its effectiveness – and for its beauty. Its materials are in constant flow, and all those thousands of useless cherry blossoms look gorgeous. Then they fall to the ground and become soil again, so there’s no problem” – William McDonough

Christmas Tree Quotes

And what is Christmas without a tree? Here are our favorites from our list of Christmas Tree Quotes.

“The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree, those to me, are the scents of the holidays.” – Blake Lively

“Yes, a Christmas tree is something we cannot do without. Because a tree with all the trimmings… Up the mountain, follow me! I’ll find one soon, you’ll see! You’ll see I’ll find the perfect Christmas tree!” –

Stan Berenstain

“I put up my Christmas tree entirely too early. I’m one of those people.” –  Rachel Boston

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” – Tom Baker

“The Christmas tree is the dot on the i.” – Frank Taylor

“I lit up like a christmas tree.” – Hazel Grace

Blurry Tree in background with star on top with a short Christmas tree quotes for Instagram by Hazel Grace

“Christmas trees make us feel happy and uplifted.” – Jacqueline Farmer

“Christmas trees remind us of better times yet to come.” – James Hewitt

“All Christmas trees are perfect.” – Charles N. Barnard

Walk in the Trees Quotes

If you like to walk in the trees you might also like some of our Walking Quotes and Captions and Hiking Quotes.

“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

“When we walk into a grove of trees or under an open sky the magic of nature takes over and the heaviness of life lifts a little.” – Natassia Cassinero

“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.

“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

“Toward seven o’clock every morning, I leave my study and step out on the bright terrace; the sun already burns resplendent between the shadows of the fig tree, makes the low wall of coarse granite warm to the touch. With my basket and small hoe in hand, facing the sun, I go out for my morning walk.” – Hermann Hesse

“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.” – George Washington Carver

“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.” – Rachel Carson

“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.” – Henry David Thoreau

Tree Sayings and Proverbs

It seems that every country has a proverb about trees.

“The best trees grow on the steepest hills.” – Burundi Proverb

“A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.” – American Proverb

“A palm tree growing in the shade will not bear ripe fruit.” – Afghan Proverb

“All birds will flock to a fruitful tree.” –  Senegalese Proverb

“A big tree attracts the wind.” – Chinese Proverb

Person walking in forest with tree sayings

“Big trees cast more shadow than fruit.” – German Proverb

“If a dead tree falls, it carries with it a live one.” – Kenyan Proverb

“Every tree feels the force of the wind.” – Afghan Proverb

“A little axe can cut down a big tree.” – Jamaican Proverb

“The taller the tree the harder the fall.” – Dutch Proverb

“When the heat has passed, you forget about the shade of trees.” – Japanese Proverb

“He who leans against a big tree will always find shade.” – Albanian Proverb

“You cannot climb a tree with one hand.” – Gabonese Proverb

“The firm tree does not fear the storm.” – Indonesian Proverb

Tree Captions

If you want more captions, you can also check out our list of Perfect Tree Captions.

Life is better with trees

Find me where the trees are

Walking in a forest is a treet

Spending time in the trees

I feel most alive in the trees

Trees silhouetted with tree captions

Time spent with trees is never wasted

Getting lost in the trees

Lost in the woods. Don’t care.

Listen to the trees

I belong in the trees

The forests are my retreet

Feeling at home in the trees

These trees are my friends

And there you have it! Our list of the best Tree Quotes and Tree Sayings. We hope you found one that spoke to you.

Let us know in the comments below if we missed a quote on trees that should be added.

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3 thoughts on “Perfect Tree Quotes and Sayings”

  1. I never thought tree-based quotes would be so inspirational, but that’s exactly how I see all the quotes posted here. I’ve derived quite a lot of inspiration from these quotes.

  2. It is worth adding that they can be planted not only outside. No problem, some species can also be found in pots and houses – especially the larger ones. Trees also grow at home without a problem. Some only require a slightly different soil than typical flower soil. And not all species are listed. But they are beautiful decorations for large living rooms. Some trees are also green all year round, such as boxwood or bamboo.

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