A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
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 emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Out of defeat can come the best in human nature. As Christians face storms of adversity, they may rise with more beauty. They are like trees that grow on mountain ridges -- battered by winds, yet trees in which we find the strongest wood.
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.
Trees like to have kids climb on them, but trees are much bigger than we are, and much more forgiving.
Trees, though they are cut and lopped, grow up again quickly, but if men are destroyed, it is not easy to get them again.
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.
He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit.
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
Either make the tree food, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
Behind the man is the Tree of Life, bearing twelve fruits, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is behind the woman; the serpent is twining round it.
Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained, love will die at the roots.
Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
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