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Quotes of the Day for 10 August 2003 – Trees

You may recall my mention last week of the back yard grass that had grown taller than I could reach. At the lowest part of the yard, this was eclipsed by a grove of alders coming up in the drain field. This week I acquired a chain saw, and with a sense of great power, brought most of those alders crashing down. I felt no guilt, alders seem to be tall weeds rather than trees, and I enjoyed the expanded view of the cedars and hemlocks behind. I also looked over to see a couple of neglected fruit trees in need of pruning, and even looked up some instruction on pruning them on the internet. All in all, I've been doing more than my normal thinking about Trees this week.

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The quotes:

Judge a tree from its fruit; not from the leaves.
     - Euripides, 484 - 406 BC

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
     - Greek proverb

Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
     - J. Willard Marriott, 1900 - 1985

As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
     - Virgil, 70 - 19 BC

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
     - William Blake, 1757 - 1827

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.
     - Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1865

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