Happy Arbor Day! Each year Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. After Julius Sterling Morton, who organized the first Arbor Day in Nebraska, wanted to help bring awareness to trees in the late 1800s. Since President Richard Nixon made it a legal holiday in 1970, it has become tradition to plant a tree on this day.

In honor of Arbor Day, check out some fun quotes about trees, courtesy of Good Reads, Brainy Quote and Elephant Journal.

1. “The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” -- Henry David Thoreau

3. “He who plants a tree plants a hope.” -- Lucy Larcom

4. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” -- Martin Luther

5. “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

7. “For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” -- Martin Luther

8. “When trees burn, they leave the smell of heartbreak in the air.” -- Jodi Thomas [“Welcome to Harmony”]

9. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” -- Chinese proverb

10. “Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.” -- Henry Ward Beecher

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