Forest Sayings and Quotes

Looking to decompress? A dose of nature may do just the trick. That’s right, forests aren’t just ecosystems, they can also provide a mood boost for city dwellers needing peace and quiet. Embrace your inner tree-hugger with the list of wise and insightful forest quotes below.


Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.

Charles Baudelaire

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.     

John Muir

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.

Victor Hugo

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.

Susan Polis Schutz

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 D. Roosevelt

Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win.     

Dan Quayle

These woods are where silence has come to lick its wounds.

Samantha Hunt

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.

Paulo Coelho

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.     

John Muir

The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.     

Napoleon Hill

A lovely nook of forest scenery, or a grand rock, like a beautiful woman, depends for much of its attractiveness upon the attendance sense of freedom from whatever is low; upon a sense of purity and of romance.     

P. T. Barnum

A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.     

David Douglas

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.

William Blake

This forest eats itself and lives forever.

Barbara Kingsolver

If the forest has a day of fire and the heat of the flames does not consume a special tree, it will still be changed; charred, but still standing.

Dan Groat

If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.

Susan George

The death of the forest is the end of our life.     

Dorothy Stang

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.     

John Muir

Forests were the first temples of the divinity, and it is in the forests that men have grasped the first idea of architecture.     

Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

The forest talks but a good hunter only hears it by learning its language.

Barry Babcock

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

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.     

Orison Swett Marden

Forests are the world's air-conditioning system—the lungs of the planet—and we are on the verge of switching it off.     

Prince Charles

A forest is mystery but the desert is truth. Life pared to the bone.

Keith Miller

The forest did not tolerate frailty of body or mind. Show your weakness, and it would consume you without hesitation.     

Tahir Shah

My favourite places on earth are the wild waterways where the forest opens its arms and a silver curve of river folds the traveller into its embrace.

Rory MacLean

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.

Mahatma Gandhi

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.

Martin Luther

A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The athshean word for world is also the word for forest.

Ursula K. Le Guin

The forest is a quiet place if only the best birds sing.     

Kay Johnson