"It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted."
~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message
"He who plants a tree, Plants a hope." ~ Lucy Larcom, "Plant a Tree"
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now." ~ Chinese Proverb
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." ~ Nelson Henderson
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way." ~ William Blake
"The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what "the story of the trees" would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand." ~ Author Unknown
"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees." ~ Hal Borland
"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it." ~ Henry David Thoreau