137+ Best Tree Planting Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Planting is the activity of putting plants into the ground or into a container of soil so that they will grow. Profoundly inspirational tree planting quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Tree Planting Quotes

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardner objected that the tree was slow growing and wouldn’t reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon! — John F. Kennedy

…every year one day comes, when, although there is no obvious change in the appearance of trees and hedges, the Earth seems to breathe and it is spring. — Elizabeth Clarke, The Darkening Green

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. — William Blake

A man does not plant a tree for himself; he plants it for posterity. — Alexander Smith

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. — D. Elton Trueblood

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

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. — Marcus Garvey

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. — Welsh proverb

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. — Greek Proverb

A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human. — Georges Rouault

A tree falls the way it leans. — Bulgarian proverb

A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. — Anton Chekhov

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. — Saint Basil

A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. — Woody Allen

A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again, and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its Tormentor. — George William Curtis

Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel. — Aldo Leopold

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alone with myself the trees bend to caress me the shade hugs my heart — Candy Polgar

And see the peaceful trees extend their myriad leaves in leisured dance—they bear the weight of sky and cloud upon the fountain of their veins. — Kathleen Raine

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. — Albert Camus

Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence. And though rooted in earth, they seem to touch the sky. For these reasons it is natural to feel we might learn wisdom from them, to haunt about them with the idea that if we could only read their silent riddle rightly we should learn some secret vital to our own lives; or even, more specifically, some secret vital to our real, our lasting and spiritual existence. — Kim Taplin, Tongues in Trees

Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life. — John Muir

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. — John Muir

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. — Abraham Lincoln

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb…That’s where the fruit is. — Anonymous

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Even if one tree falls down it wouldn’t affect the entire forest. — Chen Shui-bian

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. — Gerard De Narval

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

Forests are the lungs of our land. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

God cannot save them from fools. — John Muir

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

He that plants trees loves others besides himself. — Thomas Fuller

He that plants trees, loves others besides himself. — Thomas Fuller

He who plants a tree, plants a hope. — Lucy Larcom

He who plants kindness gathers love. — Saint Basil

Hope is the tree that holds the world — Pliny, the Elder

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. — Wendell Berry

I feel a great regard for trees; they represent age and beauty and the miracles of life and growth. — Louise Dickinson Rich

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, 1817 — 1862

I have grown taller from walking with the trees… — Karle Wilson Baker

I like to think of thoughts as living blossoms borne by the human tree. — James Douglas

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. — Willa Cather

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. — John Muir

I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today. — Penelope Keith

I said to the almond tree, ‘Friend, speak to me of God,’ and the almond tree blossomed. — Nikos Kazantzakis

I think that I shall never seeA poem lovely as a tree.A tree whose hungry mouth is prestAgainst the earth’s sweet flowing breast;A tree that looks at God all dayAnd lifts her leafy arms to pray;A tree that may in Summer wearA 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

I think the most enduring lesson I was taught through my experiences of being a Girl Scout was that I was a member of a larger community. I out-grew my uniforms and badges years ago, but the memories of visiting nursing homes or organizing Earth Day tree plantings or my summers camping with girls from all different backgrounds will stay with me always. — Natalie Merchant

I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots. — Andrea Koehle Jones,

If a tree dies, plant another in its place. — Carl Linnaeus

If I knew I should die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today. — Stephen Girard

If I thought I was going to die tomorrow, I should nevertheless plant a tree today. — Stephen Girard

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

If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree. — W. B. Yeats

If you love a tree you will be more beautiful than before! — Amit Ray

In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; a grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak. — James Russell Lowell

In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. — John Muir

In that case, there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon! — John F. Kennedy

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 remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man. — 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

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. — George Eliot

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. — Chinese proverb

Let soldiers on manoeuvres plant trees. Give police and criminals a shovel and a thousand seedlings. — John Wright

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit. — Khalil Gibran

Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. — Backseat Goodbye

Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment. — Rene Dubos

May my life be like a great hospitable tree, and may weary wanderers find in me a rest. — John Henry Jowett

My heart is glad, my heart is highWith sudden ecstasy;I have given back, before I die,Some thanks for every lovely treeThat dead men grew for me. — V.H. Friedlaender

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. — Albert Schweitzer

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of a garden. — Thomas Jefferson

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. — Hugh Johnson

Oak trees come out of acorns, no matter how unlikely that seems. An acorn is just a tree’s way back into the ground. For another try. Another trip through. One life for another. — Shirley Ann Grau

October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. — Nova Bair

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

Of the infinite variety of fruits which spring from the bosom of the earth, the trees of the wood are the greatest in dignity. — Susan Fenimore Cooper

On a certain day, month and year one should observe the ceremony of tree-planting. Thus, one fulfils one’s responsibilities, serves one’s fellow-beings which not only brings happiness but benefits all. — Dalai Lama

Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future. — J. Sterling Morton

People in suburbia see trees differently than foresters do. They cherish every one. It is useless to speak of the probability that a certain tree will die when the tree is in someone’s backyard…You are talking about a personal asset, a friend, a monument, not about board feet of lumber. — Roger Swain

People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people. — Bryce Nelson

Plant trees. They give us two of the most crucial elements for our survival: oxygen and books. — A. Whitney Brown

Plants are the young of the world, vessels of health and vigor; but they grope ever upward towards consciousness; the trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple. — Martin O’Malley

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

Spraying to kill trees and and raspberry bushes after a clear-cut merely looks unaesthetic for a short time, but tree plantations are deliberate ecodeath. Yet, tree planting is often pictorially advertised on television and in national magazines by focusing on cupped caring hands around a seedling. But forests do not need this godlike interference… Planting tree plantations is permanent deforestation… The extensive planting of just one exotic species removes thousands of native species. — Bernd Heinrich

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

That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water, that my soul may repose on the branches of the trees which I planted, that I may refresh myself under the shadow of my sycamore. — Egyptian tomb inscription

That’s the way I do things when I want to celebrate, I always plant a tree. — Wangari Maathai

The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth. — Frank Lloyd Wright

The best time to plant a tree was years ago. The second best time is now. — Chinese Proverb

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. — Wendell Berry

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings. — Buddhist Sutra

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardner objected that the tree was slow growing and wouldn’t reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon! — John F. Kennedy

The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value. — Theodore Roosevelt

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you’re free. — Ray Manzarek

The only time I can really relax is up a tree or somewhere outside. I love being outside. — Tom Felton

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. — Thomas Campbell

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. — Homaro Cantu

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. — William Blake

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

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

There is, I conceive, scarcely any tree that may not be advantageously used in the various combinations of form and color. — Gilpin

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. — James G. Watt

This solitary Tree! a living thing produced too slowly ever to decay; of form and aspect too magnificent to be destroyed. — William Wordsworth

Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root. — Malay proverb

Time-honored, beautiful, solemn and wise.Noble, sacred and ancientTrees reach the highest heavens and penetrate the deepest secrets of the earth.Trees are the largest living beings on this planet.Trees are in communion with the spiritual and the material.Trees guard the forests and the sanctified places that must not be spoiled.Trees watch over us and provide us with what we need to live on this planet.Trees provide a focal point for meditation, enlightenment, guidance and inspiration.Trees have a soul and a spirit. — Tree Magick by Lavenderwater

To be able to walk under the branches of a tree that you have planted is really to feel you have arrived with your garden. So far we are on the way: we can now stand beside ours. — Mirabel Osler

To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, to live as a people, we must have trees.― Theodore Roosevelt

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

To plant trees is to give body and life to one’s dreams of a better world. — Russell Page

Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn’t necessarily expect to witness. — Michael Pollan

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

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

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. — Hermann Hesse

Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn. — Lord Orrery

Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish. — Munia Khan

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn. — Walter Scott

Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking. — Wangari Maathai

We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. — Aldo Leopold

We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt. — Franz Kafka

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

What did the tree learn from the earth to be able to talk with the sky? — Pablo Neruda

What do we plant when we plant a tree? A thousand things that we daily see, We plant the spire that out-towers the crag, We plant the staff for our country’s flag; We plant the shade from the hot sun free, We plant all these when we plant the tree. — Henry Abbey

What does he plant who plants a tree? He plants the friend of sun and sky; He plants the flag of breezes free; The shaft of beauty, towering high, he plants a home to heaven anigh. For song and mother-croon of bird, in hushed and happy twilight heard – The treble of heaven’s harmony. These things he plants who plants a tree. — Henry Cuyler Bunner

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. — Mahatma Gandhi

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. — John Muir

When you live in the shadow of a big tree, you have to run twice as fast to get into the sunlight. — Leonard Lauder

Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, unnerves his strength, invites his end. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Woodnotes

Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness. — Herman Hesse

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within. — Chinese Proverb

You can’t have the fruits without the roots. — Stephen Covey

You can’t sow an apple seed and expect to get an avocado tree. The consequences of your life are sown in what you do and how you behave. — Tom Shadyac

You know me, I think there ought to be a big old tree right there. And let’s give him a friend. Everybody needs a friend. — Bob Ross

You must grow like a tree, not like a mushroom. — Janet Erskine Stuart

You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. — St. Bernard