Quotations About / On: TREE

  • 1.
    The tree of Knowledge is a Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 387, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 2.
    A good (real) tree can't bear bad (fake) fruit. A bad (fake) tree can't bear good (real) fruit.
    (understanding, truth, spiritual, society)
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  • 3.
    A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
    (Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Sept. 12, 1965. Quoted in Sacramento Bee (California, Mar. 12, 1966). Reagan later denied having made this statement.)
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  • 4.
    Probability but no truth, facility but no freedom—it is owing to these two fruits that the tree of knowledge cannot be confused with the tree of life.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 540, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 1, "On the Tree of Knowledge," (1880). The German word Wahrscheinlichkeit (literally "resembling truth") means "probability" and so Nietzsche's coinage Freischeinlichkeit (literally "resembling freedom") is rendered as "facility" to maintain parallel construction, and the trees (der Baum der Erkenntniss and der Baum des Lebens) are an allusion to Genesis 2:9.)
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    Your soul ... is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees.
    (Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Fragments From Italian Comedy," no. 7, sct. 4, Pleasures and Regrets (1896, trans. 1948).)
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  • 6.
    Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph—green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," published in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983). Pryce-Jones chose these words for his book's epigraph.)
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  • 7.
    Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Quoted in Lincoln's Own Stories (1912).)
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  • 8.
    God who freed from fruit the seed can pick a pear from a baby tree. God who sired the hallowed fig does harvest fruit from a barren sprig. God made blooms pastel and bright fruits and can a kumquat take from a tree of quince. He Who made Pluto and the Pleiades can pluck a plum where there is no tree.
    (Saiom Shriver)
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  • 9.
    “God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, Ah!”
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  • 10.
    “Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
    (― Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam)
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