Wood Sayings and Quotes

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


The woods are never solitary--they are full of whispering, beckoning, friendly life. But the sea is a mighty soul, forever moaning of some great, unshareable sorrow, which shuts it up into itself for all eternity.     

L.M. Montgomery

She might have melted a heart of stone, but nothing can melt a heart of wood.     

Victor Hugo

Wood feeds the fire which burns it.     

Leonardo da Vinci

Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.     

Harrison Ford

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.     

George Washington Carver

A bad historian is even more dangerous than dead documentary wood.     

Norman Davies

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.     

Henry Van Dyke

A tree without roots is just a piece of wood.     

Marco Pierre White

The woods decay, the woods decay and fall…     

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Nature soothes us. Nature heals us, and something more, the woods are a place of power. Any woods that are still surviving on this planet, those are powerful areas to have kept themselves free from the encroachment of the industrial societies of our earth.     

Frederick Lindemann

The whole wood seemed running now, running hard, hunting, chasing, closing in round something or - somebody? In panic, he began to run too, aimlessly, he knew not whither.     

Kenneth Grahame

In the woods we return to reason and faith.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the uncarved wood is split, its parts are put to use. When the sage is put to use, he becomes the head.     

Laozi

Wood carving is such an amazing skill and very underrated; once you cut it, it's hard to go back.     

Jonathan Anderson

The woods always look different at night...as if the daytime trees and flowers and stones had gone to bed and sent slightly more ominous versions of themselves to take their places.     

Suzanne Collins

To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.     

Thomas Hardy

The woods seemed all answer and healing and more than enough to live for.     

Josephine Winslow Johnson

As the woods are the same, the trees standing in their places, the rocks and the earth... they are always different too, as lights and shadows and seasons and moods pass through them.     

Emily Carr

Glorious are the woods in their latest gold and crimson, Yet our full-leaved willows are in the freshest green. Such a kindly autumn, so mercifully dealing With the growths of summer, I never yet have seen.     

William C. Bryant

Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

Crooked wood burns just as well as straight.     

German Proverb

That fire is best, which is made of drie and wet wood. For wet and greene wood is discommodious; and so are coales, because they make the head heavie and dry up naturall moysture.     

William Vaughan

For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.     

Plutarch

As I go through the woods now, so many oak and other leaves have fallen the rustling noise somewhat disturbs my musing.     

Henry David Thoreau

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.     

Garbriel Garcia Marquez

Wood is one of the greatest and most necessary things in the world which people need and cannot do without,     

Joachim Radkau

Wood is a natural material that has marked human culture—not only in the 'Wood Age' of the past but right down to the present day.     

Joachim Radkau

Fallen wood... has a little organic connection with the growing tree as the cast-off skin has with the snake.     

Karl Marx

Wood finished in glistening black lacquer is the very best; but even unfinished wood, as it darkens and the grain grows more subtle with the years acquires an inexplicable power to calm and soothe.      

Junichiro Tanizaki