"Few consumers realize that the cheap prices they pay are directly linked to the exploitation of some of the poorest people on earth and the destruction of their forests."
— Andy White
"The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'"
— John F. Kennedy
"He plants trees to benefit another generation."
— Caecilius Statius
"The 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-Exupery
"The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
— John Muir
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
— John Muir
"If 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
"Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood."
— Chinese Proverb
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
— Martin Luther
"You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters."
— Saint Bernard
"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
"I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do."
— Willa Cather from O Pioneers!
"Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does."
— George Bernard Shaw
"The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit."
"If man doesn't learn to treat the oceans and the rainforest with respect, man will become extinct."
— Peter Benchley
"That includes not cutting down the rain forest, and stop polluting the ocean, because once we kill the coral reefs and the rain forest, this earth is toast."
— Michael Berryman
"Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest."
— James Lovelock
"You hear headlines from time to time about the Amazon [rainforest] disappearing at a greater or lesser rate.... The real story is that over time the rate has stayed just the same. Year after year, decade after decade, we have failed to stop—or really even decrease—deforestation."
— Patrick Symmes, Outside Magazine, interviewed on Living on Earth
"In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change."
— Daniel Howden, writing in The Independent
"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."
— Hal Borland
"It was strangely like war. They attacked the forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought they were not only making lumber but liberating the land from the trees..."
— Murray Morgan, from the book The Last Wilderness
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a songbird will come."
— Chinese proverb
"A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?"
— Ronald Reagan