The Best Quotes About Trees For Arbor Day

by Chelsey Grasso

To help celebrate the beauty and significance of trees this Apr. 28, here are a few of the best Arbor Day quotes that will get you in the celebratory mood. They discuss everything from the poetic design of trees (I mean, when you think about it, trees are amazing) to the effect hugging a tree can have on the soul.

Trees surround us. Even in large urban jungles, you'll likely find trees on nearly every block. That being said, how often do you actually take the time to stop and stare at one? If you live in a region that has noticeable seasons, you're hopefully being mesmerized by the burst of leaves in the spring and the burst of red, oranges, and yellows on those same leaves in the fall. It doesn't matter how many times you see an East Coast foliage or a spring day in the South, trees still manage to wow everyone, every time.

Aside from their undeniable beauty, trees also play a vital role in the Earth's atmosphere, producing oxygen for the planet's entire population. So what can one do to thank the piece of nature that literally keeps him or her alive? Why not plant some more trees? Arbor Day comes once a year, so help the world's tree population this Apr. 28 by planting a tree somewhere near you. If you need any inspiration, these quotes should do the trick. Happy digging!

1. "In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful." — Alice Walker

2. "I thank you god for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes." — E. E. Cummings

3. "Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven." — Rabindranath Tagore

4. "If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees." — Susan George

5. "Hugging trees has a calming effect on me. I'm talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone. I've hugged trees in every part of this little island." — Gerry Adams

6. "The more often we see the things around us — even the beautiful and wonderful things — the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds — even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less." — Joseph B. Wirthlin

7. "Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises." — Emily Carr

8. "He plants trees to benefit another generation." — Caecilius Statius

9. "Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." — Hal Borland

10. "I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today." — Penelope Keith

11. "Trees 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

12. "I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen." — Anne Lamott