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Chinese Elm



Horse Chestnut

American Holly

Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Redbud


Paperbark Maple


Dogwood "Variegata"

Kousa Dogwood

Magnolia "Goliath"


Crape Myrtle

Japanese Crape Myrtle

Scarlet Oak


Coral Bark Maple

Magnolia "Dearing"


Bald Cypress

Tree Sayings, Quotes
The following are sayings and quotes concerning trees. If you know of a good quote we can add, send us an email at treesofstrength@ncsu.edu.

From our soil, memorials will rise--- Pam Beck, Master Gardener

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it's the only things that ever has. --- Margaret Mead

Regarding tree problems -- You have met the enemy and he is us.-- Pogo

Color it green with trees-- author unknown

You can't see the forest for the trees.

Trees........a value that spans generations.

You are barking up the wrong tree.

There is no quiet place in the white man's cities. No place to hear the unfurling of leaves in the spring, or the rustle os insect's wings.... And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of the whipperpoorwill or the argument of the frogs around the pool at night? ----- Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If man spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. This we know----- the earth does not belongs to man, man belongs to earth. Like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is mearly a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.--
Chief Seattle, 1856, upon surrendering his tribal lands

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

I am the heat of you hearth, the shade screening you from the sun; I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table; I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead; the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin. A am the gift of God and the friend of man.-- Unknown

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.
The second best time is now.-- anonymous

Plan and Plant for a Better Tomorrow-- JC Raulston

The act of planting a tree is, yes, a simple one. But rich. Rich in symbolism, rich in personal satisfaction, rich in the exercise of responsibility. --- Michael Fisher, Sierra Club

Only caring individuals can restore the places we inhabit. The 'simple act of planting a tree' not only restores the places we live, but makes us whole and powerful again.-- Paul Hawken, Smith and Hawken

The forests are the flags of nature.They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings. Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten. It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.-- Enos A. Mills

No town can fail of beauty, through its walks were gutters and its hovels, if venerable trees make magnificent colonnades along its streets.--- Henry Ward Beecher

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

In the woods we return to reason and faith.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

No shade tree? Blame not the sun but yourself.-- Chinese Proverb

I am myself and what is around me. And if I do not save it, it shall not save me."--- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.-- Rabindranath Tagor

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature‹the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.-- Rachel Carson

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

I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.-- Thomas Jefferson

I shall be like that tree,‹I shall die at the top.-- Scott's Life of Swift ­ Jonathan Swift

The ripest peach is highest on the tree.--­ James Whitcomb Riley

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. --- Newsweek, March 8, 1982 ­ James G Watt, US Secretary of Interior

"Top" management is supposed to be a tree full of owls‹hooting when management heads into the wrong part of the forest. I'm still unpersuaded they even know where the forest is. --- Further Up the Organization ­ Robert Townsend

The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less. --- Commenting on After the Fall ­ Arthur Miller

The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard. --- Can History Be Served Up Hot?, NY Times, March 8, 1964 ­ Barbara Tuchman

Tax reform means "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree." --- Russell B Long, US Senator

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.--- John Muir

Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.-- J. Sterling Morton

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 of the earth.-- Frank Lloyd Wright

Train up a fig-tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.--- Charles Dickens

For mine is the old belief...
There is a soil in every leaf.--- M. M. Ballou

We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations.-- Caecilus Statius, 220-168 B. C.

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

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

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.--- Willa Cather, in O Pioneers (1913)

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eye of others only a green thing which stands in the way. Some see nature as all ridicule and deformity..... And some scarce see nature at all. But by the eye of a man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.--- William Blake

Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees.--- J.J. Furnas

Most people are on the world, not in it --- have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them --- undiffused, separated, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.--- John Muir

You can gauge a country's wealth, its real wealth, by its tree cover.--- Richard St. Barbe Baker

Man alone of all the creatures of earth can change his own pattern. Man alone is the architect of his own destiny.--- William James

Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.--- J. Sterling Morton

The forests are the flags of nature. They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings. Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten. It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world. --- Enos A. Mills

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

The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the ennobling in man. --- J. Sterling Morton

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, 1799, The Letters

There's a tree that grows in Brooklyn. Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to reach the sky. It grows in boarded up plots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly ... survives without sun, water and seemingly without earth. It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it. --- Betty Smith, 1896-1972

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.--- Willa Cather, 1913

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

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

He who plants a tree plants a hope. --- Lucy Larcom, "Plant a Tree"

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

A fool does not see the same trees a wise man sees.--- Rick Hilles

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

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, Essays, Second Series, 1844

A tree uses what comes its way to nurture itself. By sinking its roots deeply into the earth, by accepting the rain that flows towards it, by reaching out to the sun, the tree perfects its character and becomes great. ... Absorb, absorb, absorb. That is the secret of the tree. --- Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao, 1996, p. 18.

He was not merely a chip off the old block, but the old block itself. --- Edmund Burke

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees. --- Chief Edward Moody, Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation

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

Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.--- Horizon, Electronic Frontier

Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that. --- Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1870

Make 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

A tree is a tree - how many more do you need to look at. --- Ronald Reagan, California Governor

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

Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic. These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and timelessness. An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages, sizes and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place - it is one of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force which has manifested on the Earth .-
Scott Cunningham, Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic, 1996, p. 77

It's one thing not to see the forest for the trees, but then to go on to deny the reality of the forest is a more serious matter. --- Paul Weiss

The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day. --- Kenneth Patton

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

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