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100 Beautiful Tree Quotes and Sayings

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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, short tree quotes for Instagram, funny 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 here.

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

Our Favorite 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

“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

“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

“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

Inspirational Quotes

You’ll love these inspirational 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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

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

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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About the Author

Laynni Locke

Laynni Locke

Laynni has been sharing her travel adventures and day-to-day life on Routinely Nomadic social media for over 15 years and appreciates the importance of finding the perfect quote or caption to showcase those experiences. Putting her extensive writing and education background to good use, Laynni has become passionate about researching and curating comprehensive lists of all the best quotes and captions for every occasion.

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3 thoughts on “100 Beautiful 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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