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Hence it is that old men do plant young trees, the fruit whereof another age shall take.
- Sir John Davies
Like some tall tree, the monster of the wood, o'ershading all that under him would grow.
- John Dryden
The mourner yew and builder oak were there.
- John Dryden
The trees were unctuous fir, and mountain ash.
- John Dryden
I see my trees repair their boughs.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
You'd scarce expect one of my age
To speak in public on the stage;
And if I chance to fall below
Demosthenes or Cicero,
Don't view me with a critic's eye,
But pass my imperfections by.
Large streams from little fountains flow,
Tall oaks from little acorns grow.
- David Everett,
Lines for a School Declamation
A stricken tree, a living thing, so beautiful, so dignified, so admirable in its potential longevity, is, next to man, perhaps the most touching of wounded objects.
- Edna Ferber
The willow is a sad tree, whereof such who have lost their love make their mourning garlands, and we know what exiles hung up their harps upon such doleful supporters. The twigs are physic to drive out the folly of children.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
No gale disturb the trees, nor aspen leaves confess the gentle breeze.
- John Gay
Care is taken that trees do not grow into the sky.
[Ger., Es ist dafur gesorgt, dass die Baume nicht in den Himmel wachsen.]
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Wahrheit und Dichtung (motto to pt. III)
I wonder how it is that so cheerful-looking a tree as the willow should ever have become associated with ideas of sadness.
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Whose roots earth's centre touch, whose heads the skies.
- Walter Harte
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, Sr.
The fir-trees dark and high; I used to think their slender tops were close against the sky.
- Thomas Hood
Where is the pride of Summer,--the green prime,--
The many, many leaves all twinkling?--three
On the mossed elm; three on the naked lime
Trembling,--and one upon the old oak tree!
Where is the Dryad's immortality?
- Thomas Hood, Ode--Autumn
Plant no other tree before the vine.
[Lat., Nullam vare, sacra vite prius arborem.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
an imitation of Alcaeus in sense and meter
Trees have about them something beautiful and attractive even to the fancy, since they cannot change their places, are witnesses of all the changes that take place around them; and as some reach a great age, they become, as it were, historical monuments, and like ourselves they have a life, growing and passing away,--not being inanimate and unvarying like the fields and rivers. One sees them passing through various stages, and at last step by step approaching death, which makes them look still more like ourselves.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt
It is not growing like a tree
In bulk, doth make man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it falls and die that night--
It was the plant and flower of Light.
- Ben Jonson,
Pindaric Ode on the Death of Sir H. Morison
I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.
. . . .
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
- Joyce Kilmer (Alfred Joyce Kilmer)
I think that I shall never scan
A tree as lovely as a man.
. . . .
A tree depicts divinest plan,
But God himself lives in a man.
- Joyce Kilmer (Alfred Joyce Kilmer), Trees
The oak roars when a high wind wrestles with it; the beech shrieks; the elm sends forth a long, deep groan; the ash pours out moans of thrilling anguish.
- Thomas Starr King
Cause not a tree to die.
- King of Siam
Old trees in their living state are the only things that money cannot command.
- Walter Savage Landor
It was the noise
Of ancient trees falling while all was still
Before the storm, in the long interval
Between the gathering clouds and that light breeze
Which Germans call the Wind's bride.
- Charles Godfrey Leland,
The Fall of the Trees
If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
- Carl Linnaeus (Carolus Linnaeus)
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