Trees Proverbs

Sayings about Trees

The best trees grow on the steepest hills. ~ Burundi Proverb

The tallest tree is rooted in the ground. ~ Traditional Proverb

The one who plants the tree is not the one who will enjoy its shade. ~ Chinese Proverbs

A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. ~ American Proverb

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come. ~ Chinese 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

When the tree waves, wind is stirring. ~ Chinese Proverb

Big trees cast more shadow than fruit. ~ German Proverb

If a dead tree falls, it carries with it a live one. ~ Kenyan Proverb

The tree that is not taller than you cannot shade you. ~ African Proverb

Every tree feels the force of the wind. ~ Afghan Proverb

Large trees are envied by the wind. ~ Japanese Proverb

To love someone who does not love you, is like shaking a tree to make the dew drops fall. ~ Congolese Proverb

A little axe can cut down a big tree. ~ Jamaican Proverb

The taller the tree the harder the fall. ~ Dutch Proverb

The tree of silence bears the fruits of peace. ~ Arabian 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

A tree does not grow from the sky. ~ Bosnian Proverb

You cannot climb a tree with one hand. ~ Gabonese Proverb

When eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. ~ Vietnamese Proverb

The firm tree does not fear the storm. ~ Indonesian Proverb

God gave the giraffe a long neck so that He would not have to bend the palm tree. ~ Arabian Proverb

Where is there a tree not shaken by the wind? ~ Armenian Proverb

Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade. ~ Arabian Proverbs

A tree that grows in the shade of another one will die small. ~ Senegalese Proverb

Men will only throw stones at trees that are laden with fruit. ~ French Proverb

A tree falls the way it leans. ~ Walloon Proverb

When the tree falls, the shadow flies. ~ Chinese Proverb

The leafiest tree doesn’t always have the juiciest fruit. ~ Panamanian Proverb

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

The tree will not sway without a trace of wind. ~ Afghan Proverb

The tree casts its shadow on everything, even upon the woodcutter. ~ Indian Proverb

If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; if you want to be happy for life, plant a tree. ~ English Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~ Chinese Proverb

The oldest trees bear the softest fruits. ~ German Proverb

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. ~ Welsh Proverb

Tall trees catch much wind. ~ Traditional Proverb

You can count the apples on a tree but you can’t count the trees from one apple. ~ Gypsy Proverb

Useful trees are cut down first. ~ Korean Proverb

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~ Cree Proverb

No matter how tall the tree is, its leaves will always fall to the ground. ~ Chinese Proverb

Mock the palm tree only when the date harvest is over. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

When the tree is down, everyone runs to it with a hatchet to cut wood. ~ Italian Proverb

Don’t climb a tree to catch a fish. ~ Chinese Proverb

A good tree bears good fruit. ~ German Proverb

Great trees are envied by the wind. ~ Japanese Proverbs

If you praise the man who taps the palm tree, he’ll put water in the palm wine. ~ Zanzibar Proverb

The trees with most leaves will not necessarily produce juicy fruit. ~ Brazilian Proverb

Though the palm tree in the jungle is big, who knows how big its yield will be? ~ Liberian Proverb

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. ~ Chinese Proverb

To climb a tree to catch a fish is talking much and doing nothing. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you want apples, you have to shake the trees. ~ Bulgarian Proverb

An apple never falls far from the tree. ~ English Proverbs

A dead cherry tree will not blossom. ~ Japanese Proverbs

A good tree can lodge ten thousand birds. ~ Myanmar Proverb

If you cut down the trees you will find the wolf. ~American Proverbs

When the tree falls everyone runs to cut the branches. ~ Dutch Proverbs

The apple does not fall far from the tree. ~ Traditional Proverb

Don’t despise the nut, one day it will be a palm tree. ~ Angolan Proverb

Not all the tree’s blossoms will bear fruit. ~ Mauritanian Proverb

The nuts from a palm tree don’t fall without dragging a few leaves with it. ~ Congolese Proverb

Even the best tree sometimes has bad fruit. ~ Hungarian Proverbs

Don’t show me the palm tree, show me the dates. ~ Afghan Proverb

You don’t have to cut a tree down to get at the fruit. ~ Cambodian Proverb

The tree breaks that takes all the force of the wind. ~ African Proverb

Great trees give more shade than fruit. ~ German Proverbs

If you have planted a tree you must water it too. ~ Tamil Proverb

When you drink milk under the palm tree, people will say that it is palm wine. ~ Indian Proverb

Though a tree grows ever so high, the falling leaves return to its roots. ~ Malawian Proverb

In a tree that you can’t climb, there are always a thousand fruits. ~ Indian Proverbs

When the big tree falls, the goat eats its leaves. ~ African Proverb


Quotations about Trees

The highest and most lofty trees have the most reason to dread the thunder. ~ Charles Rollin

From the withered tree, a flower blooms. ~ Author Unknown

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. ~ William Blake

Every great oak tree was once a nut that stood its ground. ~ Author Unknown

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to get attention we do, except walk? ~ Alice Walker

The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

Either make the tree food, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. ~ Bible

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. ~ Khalil Gibran

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

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~ Thomas Jefferson

All our wisdom is stored in the trees. ~ Santosh Kalwar

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

Even trees do not die without a groan. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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

Maybe trees don’t like to be hugged. ~ Author Unknown

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

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

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

He that would have fruit must climb the tree. ~ Thomas Fuller

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man. ~ Henry David Thoreau

All the tree-tops lay asleep, like green waves on the sea. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, doesn’t it just lie there and rot. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

There are rich counsels in the trees. ~ Herbert P. Horne

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

In all great arts, as in trees, it is the height that charms us; we care nothing for the roots or trunks, yet it could not be without the aid of these. ~ Cicero

Trees shade us, but they know it not. ~ Ben Jonson

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

A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity. ~ Alexander Smith

He who plants a tree Plants a hope. ~ Lucy Larcom

He is a fool who looks at the fruit of lofty trees, but does not measure their height. ~ Quintus Curtius Rufus

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~ Roy L. Smith

Those are the best trees that combine use with ornament. ~ John Evelyn

Hence it is that old men do plant young trees, the fruit whereof another age shall take. ~ Sir John Davies

Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of old trees. ~ Author Unknown

The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila

A tree in the desert is still a tree. ~ The Talmud

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

Friendship is a sheltering tree. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The trees are God’s great alphabet, with them He writes in shining green, across the world His thoughts serene. ~ Leonora Speyer

The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you do with it after you cut it down. ~ Rush Limbaugh

He that plants the trees does not always gather the fruit. ~ O. P. Thunberg

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ~ Henry David Thoreau

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree. ~ Thomas Fuller

Storms make trees take deeper roots. ~ Dolly Parton

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. ~ Bruce Lee

Climb a tree — it gets you closer to heaven. ~ Author Unknown

Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing “Embraceable You” in spats. ~ Woody Allen

To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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

Trees the most lovingly shelter and shade us when, like the willow, the higher soar their summits the lowlier their boughs. ~ Edward George Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

I hear the wind among the trees playing the celestial symphonies; I see the branches downward bent, like keys of some great instrument. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All birds will flock to a fruitful tree. ~ Senegalese Proverb

When trees burn, they leave the smell of heartbreak in the air. ~ Jodi Thomas

I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up. ~ Mary Cassatt

To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them — the whole leaf and root tribe. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Old trees in their living state are the only things that money cannot command. ~ Walter Savage Landor

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way. ~ William Blake

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. ~ Albert Einstein

He that planteth a tree is the servant of God, he provideth a kindness for many generations, and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him. ~ Henry Van Dyke

Trees are your best antiques. ~ Alexander Smith

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

It is curious to what a degree one may become attached to a fine tree, especially when it is placed where trees are rare. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

Trees, though they are cut and loped, grow up again quickly, but if men are destroyed, it is not easy to get them again. ~ Pericles

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved. ~ Author Unknown

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

First I shake the whole apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf. ~ Martin Luther

A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things. ~ George R. R. Martin

Trees‘re always a relief, after people. ~ David Mitchell

What is more mortifying, than to feel that you have missed the plum, for want of courage to shake the tree? ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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

A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree. ~ Spike Milligan

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

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

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

When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more wholesome and happier dwelling-place for those who come after us if not for ourselves. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as atree does. ~ George Bernard Shaw

You can live for 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

Beautiful isles! beneath the sunset skies tall, silver-shafted palm-trees rise, between full orange-trees that shade the living colonade. ~ William Cullen

Save a tree. Eat a beaver. ~ Author Unknown

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ~ Warren Buffett

If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. ~ Bible

The whispering breeze pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees. ~ Alexander Pope

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

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

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

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

Alone with myself, the trees bend to caress me, the shade hugs my heart. ~ Candy Polgar

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

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. ~ Eckhart Tolle

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

More Quotes about Trees

  1. The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ~ John Muir, American naturalist.
  2. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist.
  3. A tree is our most intimate contact with nature. ~ George Nakashima, Japanese-American woodworker.
  4. 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, Bangladeshi poet.
  5. Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. ~ Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet.
  6. Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. ~ John Muir, American naturalist.
  7. Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. ~ Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss poet.
  8. For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. ~ Herman Hesse, German-Swiss poet.
  9. The groves were God’s first temples. ~ William Cullen Bryant, American poet.
  10. Trees are always a relief, after people. ~ David Mitchell, English novelist.
  11. 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, Irish writer.
  12. It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees
  13. The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~ Hanna Rion, American environmentalist.
  14. In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. ~ Alice Walker, American novelist.
  15. What did the tree learn from the earth to be able to talk with the sky? ~ Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet.
  16. A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, sun and stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. ~ Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short-story writer.
  17. We are born of love; Love is our mother. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself. ~ Ian Somerhalder, American actor and environmental activist.
  18. 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, American architect.
  19. Trees, proud standing people stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying glorious attention, breathing light. ~ Hal Borland, American author.
  20. You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. ~ Hal Borland, American author.
  21. In the great forests of the west, where once a thousand men had hacked and slashed and torn and berated the earth, only the oldest of the trees remained. They clung to the soil and sang their song in the wind. ~ Louis L’Amour, American novelist.
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  1. ManjulaD

    What an irony to read all of those lovely proverbs about trees, the list of which ends with an ad for “Tree Service Pros” and a picture of a tree being cut down with a chainsaw. Basically says it all.

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