"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree or yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines."
~Henry David Thoreau
"I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do."
~Willa Cather, 1913~
"Trees are your best antiques."
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."
"Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart."
"It is no 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, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit."
~Robert Louis Stevenson~
"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees."
"I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument."
~Henry Wadsorth Longfellow~
"Thank God they cannot cut down the clouds."
~Henry David Thoreau~
Stand still. The trees ahead
and bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost to you,
You are surely lost.
Stand still, the forest knows where you are.
You must let it find you.
"The creation of a thousand forest
Is in one little acorn."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
"I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees
as tempts me to respect a man
in exact proportion to his respect for them."
~James Russell Lowell~