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© 2003 by Gregory Hochman

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 

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
-  Henry David Thoreau,  1817 - 1862

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. ~ Bruce Lee

Being thus prepared for us in all ways, and made beautiful, and good for food, and for building, and for instruments of our hands, this race of plants, deserving boundless affection and admiration from us, becomes, in proportion to their obtaining it, a nearly perfect test of our being in right temper of mind and way of life; so that no one can be far wrong in either who loves trees enough, and everyone is assuredly wrong in both who does not love them, if his life has brought them in his way.
-   John Ruskin, 1819-1900, English Author, Critic & Philanthropist, Modern Painters VI

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
-   Willa Cather, American author (1873-1947), O Pioneers 1913

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.
-   Ogden Nash, American Humorist Poet, Song of the Open Road, 1933

The groves were God's first temples.
-  William Cullen Bryant, American Poet & Editor, 1794 -1878, A Forest Hymn

If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
-   Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish Botanist & Physician, laid the foundations for the modern scheme of taxonomy, some consider to be the father of modern ecology (May 23, 1707 - January 10, 1778) 

And see the peaceful trees extend
their myriad leaves in leisured dance—
they bear the weight of sky and cloud
upon the fountain of their veins.
-   Kathleen Raine, English Poet (1908 - 2002), Envoi

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Writer & Poet

Oak trees come out of acorns, no matter how unlikely that seems.  An acorn is just a tree's way back into the ground.  For another try.  Another trip through.   One life for another.
-   Shirley Ann Grau, American Author (1923 - 

O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,
Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance.
-   William Butler Yeats, Irish Writer, Poet, Producer & Politician (1865 - 19,39), Among School Children


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