The Tree

Land of the big treesThe tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber.  The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

IndustryIf a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.  But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.  ~Henry David Thoreau

AcceptingI like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. 

~Willa Cather, 1913

FungiThere are rich counsels in the trees.  ~Herbert P. Horne

ThereTrees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.  ~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

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2 thoughts on “The Tree

  1. Hi Enivea, These are interesting photographs and quotes about trees. I was struck by the quote by Henry David Thoreau as he compares the value placed on industry and lack of value placed on being somewhere we love.

    • It was a Thoreau quote I’d not found before, but thought quite apt. Things haven’t improved much since he made that comment have they….

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