„If I were fire, I would burn; if I were a woodcutter, I would strike. But I am a heart, and I love.“
Source: The Last Temptation of Christ
Source: The Last Temptation of Christ
— Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989
"The Crooked Wood", p. 208
The Journey Home (1977)
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
Quiero por lo que quise, y lo que quise, no volvería a quererlo.
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
Down By The Salley Gardens http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1476/
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
Variant: I speak for the trees!
Source: The Lorax
Source: City of Fallen Angels
"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.
— Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655
Elijah to Cyrano
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.
— 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!
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
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.
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.
— 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.
— Abbas Kiarostami Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer 1940 - 2016
— A.E. Housman English classical scholar and poet 1859 - 1936
— Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971
"Song of the Open Road" — this poem is a parody of "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer
Many Long Years Ago (1945)
— 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
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968