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Forest features

The forest is a composition of soft tones. (Klaus Ender)

All forests have their own personality. (Charles de Lint)

A tree is our most intimate contact with nature. (George Nakashima)

Seeds, not doubting their potential, rise and become forests. (Matshona Dhliwayo)

The forest is the original home of barbarism and the enemy of the plough, i.e. of culture. (August Strindberg)

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. (John Muir)

A forest is a living thing like a human body…each part dependent on all the other parts. (Louis L’Amour)

The experience of a spring forest can teach you more about man, about morality, evil and good, than all the wise. (William Wordsworth)

The forest is a special being, of unlimited kindness and affection, which makes no demands and generously passes on the products of its life’s work; it offers protection to all creatures and shades even the woodcutter who destroys it. (Buddha)

Our forests offer much more than just beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Each one has a different story to tell. (Raveena Tandon)

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)

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Old forests are like old women: they are mistakenly taken as negligible resources. (Anne-Schneider)

… do you know that the forest is moving? As soon as they move off, they begin a slow and long movement in search of a better place. Most willingly, they set off on a journey in the fall… (Milorad Pavic)

People and forest

I have gone to the forest. (Knut Hamsun)

In the woods we return to reason and faith. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

My roots are in the depths of the woods. (Galle)

We forgot how to light a fire. We have forgotten the words of the prayer. But we still remember the place in the woods. (Jean-Luc Godard)

Each conceals within him a virgin forest, an expanse of snow where no bird has left its mark. (Virginia Woolf)

Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees, and we are essentially identical. (Carl Sagan)

When you go into a forest, anything can happen. (David Farr)

Forests adorn the earth… They teach a person to understand the beautiful and inspire him with a majestic mood. (Anton Chekhov)

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. (Robert Frost)

The forest has always been a place, in fairy tales and in Shakespeare, where you go and discover who you are. You get stripped of everything you thought you were, some type of ordeal takes place, and you come out stronger. (David Farr)

I am convinced that most Americans of the new generation have no idea what a decent forest looks like. The only way to tell them is to show them. (Aldo Leopold)

The forest is revealed only for those who know how to feel kindred attention to its creatures. (Mikhail Prishvin)

It’s like that in tribal wars: people abandon the villages where the men live to take refuge in the forest where the wild beasts live. Wild beasts live better than men. (Ahmadou Kourouma)

I spend more time in the woods than a squirrel! (Jack Lemmon)

Life and forest

Life. Single and free like a tree and brotherly like in the forest. (Nazim Hikmet)

The forest is not a resource for us, it is life itself. It is the only place for us to live. (Evaristo Nugkuag)

The woods seemed all answer and healing and more than enough to live for. (Josephine Winslow Johnson)

Having passed half of my earthly life, I found myself in a gloomy forest, Having lost the right path in the darkness of the valley. (Dante Alighieri)

When we walk into a grove of trees or under an open sky the magic of nature takes over and the heaviness of life lifts a little. (Natassia Cassinero)

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. (Henry David Thoreau)

One must enter into life not as a cheerful reveler, as into a pleasant grove, but with reverent awe, as into a sacred forest, full of life and mystery. (Vikenty Veresaev)

The only link between all these trees is my presence. It is a forest that is linked to my existence. (Giuseppe Penone)

Destroying the forest, people cut the basis of their existence. (Konstantin Paustovsky)

That’s how life works. At first we become richer, because for many years we planted trees, but then years come when time turns our labors into dust and cuts down the forest. One by one, friends leave, depriving us of refuge. And, grieving for the departed, you secretly also grieve that you yourself are getting old. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Religion and forest

I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods. (Georg Trakl)

For me, forests are like churches, hallowed places. There’s a stillness about them, a sort of reverence. (Sabrina Elkins)

The forests are the first temples of the gods. (Aristide Briand)

The groves were God’s first temples. (William Cullen Bryant)

Forests were the first temples of the Divinity, and it is in the forests that men have grasped the first idea of architecture. (François-René de Chateaubriand)

Who will say the feeling one experiences on entering these forests as old as the world, and which alone give an idea of creation, such as it came from the hands of God? (Francois Rene de Chateaubriand)

The forest is still a bit of paradise lost. God did not want the first garden to be blotted out by the first sin. (Marcel Ayme)

The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, nor a place to invoke the sacred; the forest is sacredness itself. (Richard Nelson)

And the forest perfume — trees and earth — it’s like incense in a shrine. You fall into a state of… prayer. (Keiichi Sigsawa)

I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe. (Alice Walker)

I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun: If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred; trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. (Mikhail Gorbachev)

Soul and forest

The forest is a state of mind. (Gaston Bachelard)

I find my soul in forests… (Kedar dhepe)

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. (John Muir)

Trees give peace to the souls of men. (Nora Waln)

There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations. (Washington Irving)

A strange soul, that’s a dense forest. (Anton Chekhov)

Your soul is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees. (Marcel Proust)

Everyone has their own reserved forest inside. There, new, tender sprouts of feelings and expectations reach for the sky, there is an unshakable maturity of trunks and crowns, but there are always dead, moss-covered trees – and it is not known when the winds and rains will dispel, dissolve them. Elves live there, ghostly and beautiful, and at the same time monsters live, which crawl out of their holes from time to time. And people, other people, change this forest like no one else. (Nadeya Yasminska)

Therapy and forest

The forest is the hospital of our soul. (Hubert Maria Dietrich)

You showed me there is something in the forest to cure most anything that bothers you. (Donald Smith)

The woods invite me into themselves so that I might be drawn out of myself. (Craig D. Lounsbrough)

The wildest conflicts of the heart are resolved neither in tears nor in blood, but only in the pure dew of the forest. (Peter Rosegger)

Whoever can talk to trees doesn’t need a psychiatrist, although most people think the opposite. (Phil Bosmans)

Nature soothes us. Nature heals us, and something more, the woods are a place of power. (Frederick Lenz)

The forest evoked in me a feeling of peace of mind and comfort in this feeling, grief disappeared, unpleasant things were forgotten… (Maxim Gorky)

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)

Books and forest

There is more to forests than books. (Saint Bernard)

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. (George Washington Carver)

During my wanderings in the eternal greenery, I had the impression of reading the universe and the forest was for me the most beautiful of libraries. (Gonzague Saint-Bris)

The book hides in the library as surely as the tree in the forest. (Lucien X. Polastron)

No true book has a first page. Like a forest noise, it is born God knows where, and grows, and rolls, awakening the reserved jungle, and suddenly, in the darkest, stunning and panicked moment, it speaks with all the peaks at once, having come down. (Boris Pasternak)

In order for the forest to become like a book, you must first not look at the tops, but bend your head and delve into the little things. It’s not very easy, because you want to look at the peaks. You need to go through a lot in yourself in order to want to look at your feet with love and joy. It is necessary that it becomes crowded in oneself, and it is very painful from this, and to feel one’s smallness, and to hate flying along the peaks with the birds. Then, in a deep annihilating anguish, you lower your eyes and meet a small miracle of some kind… So a way out of yourself was found. (Mikhail Prishvin)

The fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” teaches us that it is dangerous for wolves to roam the forest where they can meet little girls. (Eric Berne)

Wonders and forest

A tree is a miracle – the forest works miracles. (Klaus Ender )

Once upon a time, forests were repositories of magic for the human race. (John Burnside)

You have to believe that great forests have the gift of attracting wonders, just as lofty peaks have that of attracting lightning. (Felix Bellamy)

You go to the left – just a forest, you go to the right – also a forest. But if you climbed into the hollow, there is a magical forest in front of you!.. (Evgeny Schwartz)

I believed then – in a deep, easy way that is impossible for me as an adult – that there was more to this world than meets the eye. Trees had spirits; the wind spoke. If you followed a toad or a raven deep into the heart of the forest, they were sure to lead you to something magical. (Jennifer McMahon)

The ancient forest … It is in almost every old fairy tale, legend or fictional saga. Such a forest covered Middle-earth, a Narnian lantern burned in it, and the great Merlin was forever imprisoned in one of its trees. But nevertheless, the roots of the magical forest go into man. All magic comes from there. From the soul. (Nadeya Yasminska)

City and forest

Cities are enemies to me, forests are friends to me. (Francesco Petrarca)

I found far more answers in the woods than I ever did in the city. (Mary Davis)

The forest is the lungs of the city. Now you also make the digestive tract out of it. (André Brie)

I love the forest. It is difficult to live in cities: there are too many lustful people there. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Who among us has not had the impression in his life that one is nowhere more lonely than in a city of a few hundred thousand inhabitants, of whom one does not know a soul – one is not so lonely in the loneliest forest. (Otto von Bismarck)

I perform in opera houses in the centres of big cities. We live in 20 acres of forest. You need that space to recover and renew. (Sondra Radvanovsky)

But now Paris is my virgin forest. I love him with all my heart and that love is like wine – which I ca n’t drink – because it immediately goes to my little head. (Josephine Baker)

Walk and forest

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. (Henry David Thoreau)

Need a sense of peace and relaxation, take a walk through the forest. (Byron Pulsifer)

Going for a leisurely walk in the forest feels like getting a big ol’ hug from Mother Nature. (Jamie Erwine)

No one who loves the woods stays on the path. (Millie Florence)

A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods. (Rachel Carson)

I love walking in the woods, along the trails, by the beaches. I love being part of nature; I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one’s batteries. (Grace Kelly)

Quotes about walking

Attitude to forest

I love the forest. It is the place where you hear yourself better. (Fahadh Faasil)

I love being in the woods, when I can just walk barefoot in the grass and just sit down and breathe. I love that so much. (Jessie Reyez)

Nothing can match the joy of a forest in the morning. (Millie Florence)

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me. (John Fowles)

I love the outdoors and looking at snakes, squirrels, bugs – just going through the woods and being part of it. You can smell the different trees. And I listen. There’s so much you can learn by listening, by sitting and watching things happen. (Boo Weekley)

I have passionately fallen in love with the forest since I got to know it better, and the more I know it, the more I love it. And it always happens like this: in order to love, you need to know – without knowing, you cannot love. Whoever loves the forest will protect it. (Dmitri Kaigorodow)

Forest protection

A grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great or beautiful cathedral. (Theodore Roosevelt)

Humanity is cutting down its forests, apparently oblivious to the fact that we may not be able to live without them. (Isaac Asimov)

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)

Every time we burn a gallon of gas or an acre of rain forest, aren’t we killing the future to preserve the present? (Chuck Palahniuk)

The tropical rain forests are a telling example. Once cut down, they rarely recover. Rainfall drops, deserts spread, the climate warms. (James Lovelock)

Women and forest

Women see trees, and men see a forest. Men build and women furnish. (Eric Berne)

I think women have a unique talent for being able to see the forest and the trees at the same time. (Bozoma Saint John)

All men are lost. If there were no women, we would be in the forests howling like wolves… (Bertrand Blier)

He doesn’t realize. He’s a forest and I’m a fucking wildfire. (Christine Riccio)

I wish we did, in a way, grow up in the forest and we didn’t all just post bikini pictures and work out just to look good. (Esme Creed-Miles)

Night and forest

Being in the woods at night is a beautiful thing. (Hugo Weaving)

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)

By reading Huckleberry Finn I felt I was able to justify my act of going into the mountain forest at night and sleeping among the trees with a sense of security which I could never find indoors. (Kenzaburo Oe)

The shadows of night were beginning to spread over the forest, that kind of religious horror which gives birth both to fear in timid souls, and to the project of crime in fierce hearts. (Marquis de Sade)

Sounds and forest

Each summer’s night the woods abound with sounds. And I always thought how wonderful it was that nature sings even when it’s asleep. (Craig D. Lounsbrough)

The woods carry sounds in their slow rhythms, sounds that only a heart can hear. (Kira Jane Buxton)

I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony. (Gustave Flaubert)

Listen to the growing forest rather than the falling tree. (Friedrich Hegel)

Love and forest

If love was a tree, I’d plant you a forest. (Dahi Tamara Koch)

And we will meet in the woods far far away from this hustle and bustle… and share love and sunshine. (Avijeet Das)

You don’t write initials in chalk in the white forest of love. (George Limbour)

Have you ever walked late at night through a forest when you are first in love? (Conrad Veidt)

Imagination and forest

The imagination has the right to intoxicate itself in the shade of the tree of which it makes a forest. (Karl Kraus)

I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn. (Gunter Grass)

To really feel a forest canopy one must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination. (Joan Maloof)

Happiness and forest

I’m happy once again to be able to walk in bushes, forests, under trees, herbs, rocks, no one can love the country like I do. After all, forests, trees, rocks give the echo that man desires. (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Finland is officially the world’s happiest country. It is also 75 per cent forest. I believe these facts are related. (Matt Haig)

The greatest, simplest and most unsophisticated happiness I found in the forested Meshchersky region. (Konstantin Paustovsky)

Silence and forest

Peace can only be found in the woods. (Michelangelo)

If you walk into a forest – you hear all kinds of subtle sounds – but underneath there is an all pervasive silence. (Eckhart Tolle)

Here is the forest silence, the silence woven from a thousand little voices, that whispers and whispers and murmurs and giggles, grumbles and gnashes, that so frightens one and so soothes the other. (Hermann Löns)

Death and forest

In order not to die too, I had to find the forest again. (Per Petterson)

The death of the forest is the end of our life. (Dorothy Stang)

It is the peculiar nature of the forest, that life and death may ever be found within its bounds, in immediate presence of each other; both with ceaseless, noiseless advances, aiming at the mastery; and if the influences of the first be most general, those of the last are the most striking. (Susan Fenimore Cooper)

Birds and forest

The forest is a quiet place if only the best birds sing. (Kay Johnson)

The woods would be a particularly quiet place if only the most gifted birds sang. (Bernard Meltzer)

Deep in the woods woodpeckers and chops. (Yosa Buson)

Solitude and forest

The forest gives us the most diverse solitude. Just stay still in it, you will feel it immediately. (Martin Gerhard Reisenberg)

When you’re all alone in the woods, it’s very difficult to understand what you’re going into offices and cinemas for. And suddenly you don’t want all that anymore. (Erich Kästner)

Autumn and forest

From the remains of our woods Autumn had strewn the earth. (Charles Hubert Millevoye)

An autumn forest is such a place that once entered you never look for the exit! (Mehmet Murat Ildan)

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)

Quotes about autumn

Home and forest

Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally. (John Muir)

I grew up in a forest. It’s like a room. It’s protected. Like a cathedral… it is a place between heaven and earth. (Anselm Kiefer)

Getting lost in forest

The easiest way to get lost in the forest is when it is cut down. (Stanisław Jerzy Lec)

There’s nothing more frightening – and exciting – than getting lost in a forest. There is a journey towards the light, and you’ve got to go through the dark to get to the light. That’s what the forest is all about. (David Farr)

Beauty and forest

The many trees and the few people – they make the forest so beautiful. (Otto Weiß)

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. (George Washington Carver)

Tree planting

It’s better to plant a tree than complain about the forest dying. (Andreas Tenzer)

Trees we plant today are forests we enjoy tomorrow. (Matshona Dhliwayo)

Desert and forest

Forests precede peoples, deserts follow them. (Francois Rene de Chateaubriand)

Sadly, it’s much easier to create a desert than a forest. (James Lovelock)

Fire and forest

A fire in a forest is alive with terror and power. (Matthew Desmond)

In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing. (Seneca the Younger)

Ax and forest

The ax handle turns against the forest from which it came. (Ahiqar)

Do you know what the trees say when the ax enters the forest? Look! The handle is one of ours! (Sorj Chalandon)

Virgin forest

Nothing is less virgin than a forest. (Jacques Prevert)

In the ungrateful virgin forest of life. (Dino Buzzati)

Others

Take a trip to the forest and experience the greatness of getting on your knees and picking your own food and going home… and eating it. (Rene Redzepi)

To think is to seek clearings in a forest. (Jules Renard)

Music, I said, is needed insofar as it compensates for the variety of feelings and impressions lost by a person when he parted with the primeval forest… (Thor Heyerdahl)

Among the topics of forest quotes, I would highlight therapy, city, imagination, walk, sounds, wonders.

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