Plant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old plant quotes, plant sayings, and plant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If we plant the right seeds, tomorrow will be better. If you put out good things, then you'll get good things back. That's part of our responsibility as entertainers.     

Ben Vereen

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.

Doug Larson

Plants can be affected by stray voltage and they may show stunted growth, deformed growth, or go dormant. In extreme cases they may die.

Steven Magee

Like people, plants respond to extra attention.     

H. Peter Loewer

This wonderful plant has so many uses and yet is often neglected in our society. The primary use of the dandelion plant is for its superior liver cleansing qualities. The plant is a powerhouse of nutrients!     

Valerie Hoffman

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.     

Meister Eckhart

Working with plants will teach you all other social commitments in a soothing way.     

Karthikeyan V

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

Mitch Hedberg

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.

Earl Nightingale

That one plant should be sown and another be produced cannot happen; whatever seed is sown, a plant of that kind even comes forth.

Guru Nanak

Every plant has to look good for at least two seasons.

Cheryl Miller

Call a plant beautiful, and it becomes a flower. Call it ugly, and it becomes a weed.     

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One day is not enough to green our earth. Planting caring and love is also expecting our earth from us. Do it, It will heal not only the land but also your body and mind.

Karthikeyan V

Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.     

Alexander Smith

The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.     

George Orwell

Plants cannot stay safe. Desire for light spools grass out of the ground; desire for a visitor spools red ruffles out of twigs. Desire makes plants very brave, so they can find what they desire; and very tender, so they can feel what they find.

Amy Leach

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

A good farmer never plants all his seeds in a single piece of land.

Habeeb Akande

He that plants trees, loves others besides himself.

Thomas Fuller

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

Jorge Luis Borges

Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.

Lucy Larcom

Plants are the young of the world, vessels of health and vigor; but they grope ever upward towards consciousness; the trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.

Kuan Chung

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.     

Dorothy Day

A soil adapted to the growth of plants, is necessarily prepared and carefully preserved; and, in the necessary waste of land which is inhabited, the foundation is laid for future continents, in order to support the system of the living world.     

James Hutton

The plant never lapses into mere arid functionalism; it fashions and shapes according to logic and suitability, and with its primeval force compels everything to attain the highest artistic form.     

Karl Blossfeldt

They are like to plants that have grown around each other- they strangle and squeeze and support at the same time.

Lauren Oliver

If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.     

Henry David Thoreau

God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy.

Henry Ward Beecher