Arbor Day Quotes


Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
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Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.
Julius Sterling Morton
We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations.
Caecilius
The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Martin Luther
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.
Henry Ward Beecher
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
~Bill Vaughn


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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
~Chinese Proverb
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
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
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
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
~ Nelson Henderson
Happiness is a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry under a shade tree.
~Astrid Alauda
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.
~Cree Indian Proverb
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
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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
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
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
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
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Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.
~John Muir
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
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 written by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer, "Trees," 1914