Trees are a symbol of strength, life, and perseverance. Think of a towering Redwood tree, growing sometimes for hundreds of years, tolerating the elements. Giant holes are cut through these Redwoods so we can lay down paved roads, yet they still grow and even thrive in the face of such adversity. Trees are life-giving – they filter our noxious chemicals and clean the air for us to breathe. They have long been revered by many cultures as sacred, living beings that have witnessed the birth of civilization. Other cultures use images of trees to represent life itself, like the Tree of Life, which has its roots in the ground and branches reaching up towards the sun. Trees have long inspired people to reflect and comment on their beauty, strength, and life-giving properties.
I’ll lie here and learn How, over their ground, Trees make a long shadow and a light sound.
– Louise Bogan
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
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
– Martin Luther
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 emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
– Thomas Fuller
They are beautiful in their peace, they are wise in their silence. They will stand after we are dust. They teach us, and we tend them.
– Galeain ip Altiem MacDunelmor
Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people’s hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.