„If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.“

The Raven Cycle Series, The Raven Boys (2012)

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„I love for the sake of what I have loved, and what I have loved I would not go back to loving.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

Quiero por lo que quise, y lo que quise, no volvería a quererlo.
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„She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.“

—  W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939

Down By The Salley Gardens http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1476/
Crossways (1889)
Context: p>Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.</p

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„I love a tree more than a man.“

—  Ludwig Van Beethoven German Romantic composer 1770 - 1827

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„I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.“

—  Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Variant: I speak for the trees!
Source: The Lorax

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„I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.“

—  Joyce Kilmer, Trees and Other Poems

"Trees" - This poem was first published in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse Vol. 2 (August 1913). The first two lines were first written down on the 2nd of February 1913.
Trees and Other Poems (1914)
Source: Trees & Other Poems
Context: I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

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„The angel had told me in my dream that if I wanted to acquire the perfect knowledge I desired, I would have to go to the Moon. There I would find Adam's paradise and the Tree of Knowledge.“

—  Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655

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The Other World (1657)
Context: The angel had told me in my dream that if I wanted to acquire the perfect knowledge I desired, I would have to go to the Moon. There I would find Adam's paradise and the Tree of Knowledge. As soon as I had tasted its fruit, my mind would be enlightened with all the truths a person could know. That is the voyage for which I built my chariot.
Finally, I climbed aboard and, when I was securely settled on the seat, I tossed the magnetic ball high into the air. The chariot I had built was more massive in the middle than at the ends; it was perfectly balanced because the middle rose faster than the extremities. When I had risen to the point that the magnet was drawing me to, I seized the magnetic ball and tossed it into the air again.

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„Humans, I have loved you all. Be vigilant!“

—  Julius Fučík (journalist) Czech journalist and revolutionary 1903 - 1943

Quoted from Set Persson http://www.kommunisterna.org/politik/texter/socialismens-lardomar/riv-galgarna, translated from Swedish: Människor, jag har älskat er alla. Var på er vakt!

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„I believe that the experience of love is the most human and humanizing act that it is given to man to enjoy and that it, like reason, makes no sense if conceived in a partial way.“

—  Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980

Credo (1965)
Context: I believe that love is the main key to open the doors to the "growth" of man. Love and union with someone or something outside of oneself, union that allows one to put oneself into relationship with others, to feel one with others, without limiting the sense of integrity and independence. Love is a productive orientation for which it is essential that there be present at the same time: concern, responsibility, and respect for and knowledge of the object of the union.
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„T was ever thus from childhood’s hour!
My fondest hopes would not decay:
I never loved a tree or flower
Which was the first to fade away.“

—  Charles Stuart Calverley British poet 1831 - 1884

Disaster; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare:
Oh, ever thus, from childhood’s hour,
I ’ve seen my fondest hopes decay;
I never loved a tree or flower
But ’t was the first to fade away.
- Thomas Moore, The Fire Worshippers, p. 26.

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„I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Indeed, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.“

—  Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971

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„Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

Earliest record is in a circular letter from Hessian Church minister Karl Lotz on 5 October 1944 and modified from a quote by Johanan ben Zakai according to [Landes, Richard Allen, Heaven on Earth: The varieties of the millennial experience, USA, Oxford University Press, 2011, 978-0-19-975359-8, https://books.google.com/books?id=seS-0JTykgoC&pg=PA48, 48]

Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Martin Luther / Disputed
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—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

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