“Live like a tree…”

A 150-year-old Mediterranean hackberry (Celtis australis), one of the prized, singular trees at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid. Photo by Sue Burke.

Trees — and other plants — can serve as an inspiration and guide. Here are a few quotes to ponder:

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” — Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer (1897–1937)

“Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves … But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean’s bottom.” — William James, psychologist and philosopher (1842–1910)

“Live like a tree, giving, forgiving, and free.” — Debasish Mridha, physician and author

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” — Hal Borland, journalist and naturalist (1900–1978)

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” — Walt Whitman,

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