Trees are beautiful, especially old trees. There are many proverbs and quotes in which trees are mentioned.

A bad tree does not yield good apples.

A dead cherry tree will not blossom.

A fig tree with figs turned out to be a ruin with mosquitoes.


A fruit tree that grows in a dung heap will certainly blossom.

A fruit-bearing tree is known by its flowers.

A good tree bears good fruit.

A good tree brings forth good fruit.

A lawsuit is a fruit-tree planted in a lawyer’s garden.

A little axe can cut down a big tree.

A palm tree growing in the shade will not bear ripe fruit.

A pear tree cannot bear an apple.

A single tree makes no forest; one string makes no music.

Chinese proverb

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek proverb

A tree does not move unless there is wind.

Afghan proverb

A tree falls the way it leans.

Bulgarian proverb

A tree is known by its fruit.

A tree, a religion, a school, and parents are judged by the fruits they produce.

All birds will flock to a fruitful tree.

An okra tree does not grow taller than its master.

Sierra Leone
This means that young persons, even with a higher education, can not surpass their elders.

And many strokes though with a little axe hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.

William Shakespeare

Around a flowering tree, there are many insects.

As the tree, so the fruit.

As the tree, so the fruit; as the mistress, so the maid.

Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.

John Muir

Big trees cast more shadow than fruit.

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Psalms 52:8

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

John Muir

Don’t expect a cherry tree from an acorn.

Don’t shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.

Don’t show me the palm tree, show me the dates.

Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself.

Elm trees have beautiful branches but hardly ever bear fruit.

Even the highest tree has an axe waiting at its foot.

Everybody who's anybody longs to be a tree.

Rita Dove

From the pine tree, learn of the pine tree.
From the bamboo, learn of the bamboo.


Fruits of the same tree have different tastes; children of the same mother have various qualities.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln

God is big, but the forest is bigger.

Brazilian proverb

Grapes do not grow in a willow tree.

Great oaks grow from little acorns.

Great trees give more shade than fruit.

He is a fool who praises the fruit of a tree and forgets its roots.

He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree.

He that would have fruit must climb the tree.

Thomas Fuller

He told them tales of bees and flowers, the ways of trees, and the strange creatures of the Forest, about the evil things and good things, things friendly and things unfriendly, cruel things and kind things, and secrets hidden under brambles.

The Fellowship of the Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien
About Tom Bombadil

He told them tales of bees and flowers, the ways of trees, and the strange creatures of the Forest, about the evil things and the good things, things friendly and things unfriendly, cruel things and kind things, and secrets hidden under brambles.

The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Tom Bombadil

He who plants a coconut tree plants vessels and clothing, food and drink, a habitation for himself and a heritage for his children.

He who plants trees loves others besides himself.

He who sits in the shade won’t take an axe to the tree.

He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.

Proverbs 27:18

His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.


How dear the woods are! You beautiful trees! I love every one of you as a friend.

Anne of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery

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

I have tied my goat to a jujube tree.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Louis Armstrong
Lyrics “What a Wonderful World”

I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.

Mary Cassatt

I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.

Pablo Neruda

If the prince wants an apple, his servants take the tree.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

If you are the big, big tree, we are the small axe, ready to cut you down!

Bob Marley

If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.

Jim Rohn

If you don’t eat mangos that fall on the ground, be sure to be strong enough to pick ones on the tree.

If you want apples, you have to shake the trees.

If you wish to make an impact for one year, plant corn; if you wish to make an impact for a generation, plant a tree; if you wish to make an impact for an eternity, educate a child.

In a tree that you can’t climb, there are always a thousand fruits.

It is only the fruit-laden tree that receives the shower of stones from passersby.

It was like a species of the Tamarind tree, bearing fruit which resembled grapes extremely fine; and its fragrance extended to a considerable distance. I exclaimed, How beautiful is this tree, and how delightful is its appearance!

Prophet Enoch about the tree of knowledge

It’s not the monkey on top that make a tree fall but it’s the work and effort of numerous small insects and ants.

Keep a tree green in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

Chinese proverb

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.

Kahlil Gibran

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Make a big task easier by dividing it in small parts.

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in 'just being'. Allow nature to teach you stillness. When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself.

Eckhart Tolle

Looking at a tree see its fruit; looking at a man see his deeds.

Looking for fish? Don't climb a tree.

Chinese proverb

Men will only throw stones at trees that are laden with fruit.

Mistrust is an axe in the tree of love.

Mock the palm tree only when the date harvest is over.

Money doesn’t grow on trees.

It’s not easy to make money.

My best days are spent with mountains and trees.


No apple tree is immune from worms.


No sane person sharpens his machete to cut a banana tree.

Not all the tree’s blossoms will bear fruit.

One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul.

Henry David Thoreau

Patience is a tree whose root is bitter, but its fruit is very sweet.

Prickly pear trees don’t produce peaches.

Tall oaks grow from little acorns.

Great things may come from small beginnings.

Teacher: "George Washington not only chopped down his father's Cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't punish him?"

Student: "Because George still had the axe in his hand."

The apple cannot be stuck back on the tree of knowledge.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Children will look like or behave like their parents.

The axe falls first upon a straight tree.

The axe forgets what the tree remembers.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.


The cedar spreads his dark-green layers of shade.

Elizabeth Gaskell

The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit.

Latin: Abores serit diligens agricola, quarum adspiciet baccam ipse numquam.

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:12

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.

Proverbs 11:30

The fruits of a tree on the roadside are never eaten ripe.

The higher the tree, the sweeter the plum.

The nastiest things they saw were the cobwebs: dark dense cobwebs with threads extraordinarily thick, often stretched from tree to tree, or tangled in the lower branches on either side of them.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the forest.

The oldest trees bear the softest fruits.

The oldest trees often bear the sweetest fruit.

The olive grove of your grandfather, the cherry trees of your father, and your grape vines.

The sandal tree perfumes the axe that fells it.

The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree.

Edgar Allan Poe

The tree makes shafts for axes.

The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.

The trees and the grasses and all things growing or living in the land belong each to themselves.

The Fellowship of the Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.


The trees with most leaves will not necessarily produce juicy fruit.

Then God said, ‘Let the land burst forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant. And let there be trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. The seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.’ And so it was. The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, and their seeds produced plants and trees of like kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:11-12

There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.

Minnie Aumonier

There's nothing I admire more than someone planting trees…
…under whose shade they may never get to sit.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.

James G. Watt

They said only God could make a tree.

Walt Disney in movie “Saving Mr. Banks”

They throw stones at the walnut trees, but not at the maple.


Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.


To lay the axe to the root of the tree.

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.

Khalil Gibran

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

Charles Hare

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

Logan Pearsall Smith

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.

Vietnamese proverb

When eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.

When nations grow old, the arts grow cold, and commerce settles on every tree.

William Blake

When planning for a year, plant maize. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.

You can count the apples on a tree but you can’t count the trees from one apple.

You can find no pomegranates on a willow tree, nor shame in the wicked.

You cut me down a tree
And brought it back to me
And that's what made me see
Where I was going wrong

Swallowed in the Sea

You don’t have to cut a tree down to get at the fruit.

You need plant only one cherry and one plum tree.

You need sharp axes for knotty trees.