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130 Inspiring Plant Quotes Celebrating The Beauty Of Flora

130 Inspiring Plant Quotes Celebrating The Beauty Of Flora

Plants, the silent guardians of the Earth, can offer us such deep insights if we only learn to listen. 

Here are the most beautiful plant quotes I could find in the world of the internet to remind you of the great wisdom hidden in nature. 

Get ready to feel captivated by the inspiration that blooms in these powerful words!

10 Most Beautiful Plant Quotes

1. “Before the reward, there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” — Ralph Ransom

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2. “All life on earth emanates from the green of the plant.” — Jay Kordich

3. “So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” — Jorge Luis Borges

4. “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” — Saint Basil

5. “The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second-best time to plant a tree is today.” — Eliud Kipchoge

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6. “A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.” — Beth Ditto

7. “There are few plants that are ugly. It’s how you use them that may not be pretty.” — Christian Louboutin

8. “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn

9. “It’s exciting to see things coming up again, plants that you’ve had twenty or thirty years. It’s like seeing an old friend.” — Tasha Tudor

10. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson

half of a healthy potted plant thriving

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Inspirational Quotes About Plants

1. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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2. “Plant a seed so your heart will grow.” — Hafez

3. “We evolved in a tropical climate where the smells of plants and flowers were all around us. We spent a lot of time in the trees with a lot of sunlight and no clothes.” — Helen Fisher

4. “We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” — John Lennon

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

elegant fern leaf and its shaddow

6. “Today I fulfill my creative side. I want to bloom wherever I am planted!” — Louise Hay

7. “Every breath is a giveaway dance between you and the plants.” — Susun Weed

8. “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” — A. A. Milne

9. “I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. Being at one with nature.” — Mikhail Gorbachev

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10. “I am sure that if you plant the trees back again, it will do nothing but good.” — Michael Fish

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11. “I think that any time of great pain is a time of transformation, a fertile time to plant new seeds.” — Debbie Ford

12. “We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.” — Desmond Tutu

13. “All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.” — Abraham Lincoln

14. “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” — Napoleon Hill

15. “Whatever our dreams, ideas, or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it — and then reap the fruits of our labors.” — Oprah Winfrey

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16. “A plant is the most cliche thing, but a little bit of green has a great effect on happiness. Being at a cubicle all day is not pleasing, but a little life on your desk can give you a little life, too.” — Bobby Berk

17. “One day is not enough to green our earth. Planting caring and love is also expecting our earth from us. Do it, It will heal not only the land but also your body and mind.” — Karthikeyan V

18. “The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” — Leo Buscaglia

19. “Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.” — Terri Guillemets

20. “I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.” — Robert Browning

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21. “Just as our forefathers saved and invested to build what we, the current generation, are enjoying today, so, too, we must plant trees so that our sons and daughters, and their sons and daughters, can enjoy the shade.” — Lee Hsien Loong

22. “In some Native languages, the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us’.” — Robin Wall Kimmerer

23. “The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you’re free.” — Ray Manzarek

24. “You know those plants that are always trying to find the light? Maybe they were planted in a location that didn’t necessarily facilitate growth, but inexplicably they make a circuitous route to not only survive but bloom into a beautiful plant. That was me — my whole life.” — Jonathan Van Ness

25. “Plants are solar-powered air purifiers whose filter never needs replacing.” — Khang Kijarro Nguyen

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26. “You will die but the carbon will not; its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life.” — Jacob Bronowski

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

28. “The sun is the most important thing in everybody’s life, whether you’re a plant, an animal or a fish, and we take it for granted.” — Danny Boyle

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29. “A healthy plant is one that adapts best to the situation in which it finds itself. There is no objective measure of this.” — Monty Don

30. “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.” — George Eliot

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Wise Plant Quotes

1. “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” — Earl Nightingale

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2. “Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.” — Lucy Larcom

3. “The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” — Michael Pollan

4. “The plant is blind but it knows enough to keep pushing upwards towards the light, and it will continue to do this in the face of endless discouragements.” — George Orwell

5. “If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.” — Luther Burbank

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6. “He who plants a tree plants a hope.” — Lucy Larcom

7. “Rain falls, wind blows, plants bloom leaves mature and are blown away; these phenomena are all interrelated with causes and conditions, are brought about by them, and disappear as the causes and conditions change.” — Gautama Buddha

8. “Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” — Erma Bombeck

9. “Artists can no more speak about their work than plants can speak about horticulture.” — Jean Cocteau

10. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” — Nelson Henderson

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11. “Knowledge is a plant of slow growth.” — Thomas Cooper

12. “What a marvelous cooperative arrangement — plants and animals each inhaling each other’s exhalations, a kind of planet-wide mutual mouth-to-stoma resuscitation, the entire elegant cycle powered by a star 150 million kilometers away.” — Carl Sagan

13. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth.” — George Washington

14. “People don’t even understand that every bit of our food was once alive. We take another creature, plant, animal, microorganism, tear it apart in our mouths. And incorporate those molecules into our own bodies. We are the Earth in the most profound way.” — David Suzuki

15. “We are mere journeymen, planting seeds for someone else to harvest.” — Wallace Thurman

trail of leaves on a falling plant branch

16. “To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants but among the boughs, the leaves, and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.” — Leonardo da Vinci

17. “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. “Let a man sow a field or plant a farm never so well, yet he cannot foretell who will gather in the fruits; another may build him a house of fairest proportion, yet he knows not who will inhabit it.” — Xenophon

19. “People are like plants: They grow; they change every day.” — Curtis Jackson

20. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett

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21. “Even if plants were sentient, veganism would still be a moral imperative given that it takes many pounds of plants to produce one pound of flesh.” — Gary L. Francione

22. “A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.” — Alexander Smith

23. “Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana

24. “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” — Henry David Thoreau

25. “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” — Confucius

lush branch of a falling plant

26. “Plants are the young of the world, vessels of health and vigor; but they grope ever upward towards consciousness; the trees are imperfect men and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. “What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.” — Meister Eckhart

28. “Algae is the perfect food plant. It doubles cell mass every twelve hours, depending on the strain.” — Homaro Cantu

29. “It’s fair to say when you go out and walk in the woods or on a beach, the most conspicuous forms of life you will see are plants and animals, and certainly there’s a huge diversity of those types of organisms, perhaps 10 million animal species and several hundred thousand plant species.” — Andrew H. Knoll

30. “Pretty much every plant and animal alive today is the result of eons of natural cross-breeding.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Quotes About Growing Plants

1. “Good gardening is very simple, really. You just have to learn to think like a plant.” — Barbara Damrosch

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2. “In gardens, it’s not just plants and insects and microbes that grow. People grow too, and the best bit is that they don’t realize it’s happening. It just happens.” — Costa Georgiadis

3. “If you grow the food you eat, it tastes better. Seasonal vegetables are grown at the right time, and you can make sure everything matures on the plant or on the tree. It’s as fresh as you can get.” — Marc Gasol

4. “Plant a good seed in the right spot and it will grow without further coaxing.” — B. J. Fogg

5. “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” — Rudyard Kipling

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6. “Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.” — Lou Erickson

7. “I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.” — David Hobson

8. “I plant vegetables and every time I see a flower I’m like, ‘I’m going to get a vegetable in a few weeks!'” — Wunmi Mosaku

9. “Warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” — Carl Jung

10. “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” — Alfred Austin

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11. “You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can’t just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it.” — Bootsy Collins

12. “Curiously, light-loving green plants reject the Sun’s green light, reflecting it back at you, which is why they look green.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

13. “I’m really quite simple. I plant flowers and watch them grow… I stay at home and watch the river flow.” — George Harrison

14. “If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.” — Russell Page

15. “We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands.” — Adolfo Perez Esquivel

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16. “As an environmental scientist, I think our first need is to feed and shelter and nurture. That has always required the exploitation of plant life, and it always will.” — Hope Jahren

17. “Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field, prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind, marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed, springs up in it.” — Guru Nanak

18. “Plants and flowers taught me how to grow, by growing in secret and in silence.” — Michael Bassey Johnson

19. “An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.” — Jean Cocteau

20. “The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.” — Luther Burbank

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21. “Sometimes, as is the case of peach and plum trees, which are often dwarfed, the plants are thrown into a flowering states, and then, as they flower freely year after year, they have little inclination to make vigorous growth.” — Robert Fortune

22. “My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” — Mitch Hedberg

23. “If you see how a plant grows and you taste it in situ you have a perfect example of how it should taste on the plate.” — Rene Redzepi

24. “By depending on the great, the small may rise high. See: the little plant ascending the tall tree has climbed to the top.” — Saskya Pandita

25. “Why should nutrition matter less in the creation of young humans than it does in young plants? I’m sure that it doesn’t.” — Ina May Gaskin

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26. “Like people, plants respond to extra attention.” — H. Peter Loewer

27. “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” — B. C. Forbes

28. “Anything I plant, to actually watch it grow gives me great pleasure.” — Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

29. “Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you’re signed up for a season, see it through. You don’t have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.” — Jim Rohn

30. “Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Motivational Plant Quotes

1. “Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.” — Eckhart Tolle

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2. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” — Og Mandino

3. “Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses.” — Norman Vincent Peale

4. “Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company. Only a few love to be alone.” — Jens Jensen

5. “When you plant something, you invest in a beautiful future amidst a stressful, chaotic and, at times, downright appalling world.” — Monty Don

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6. “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” — Henry David Thoreau

7. “You can plant a dream.” — Anne Campbell

8. “I have trust that we humans can resolve the problems that we have created. There is a Sanskrit saying that I subscribe to and I like very much, that ‘God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in Man.’” — Edgar Mitchell

9. “I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.” — Edward Abbey

10. “See the long view: By all means “plant the corn, milk the cows, and feed the horses” but always keep the eventual “harvest” in mind.” — Warren G. Bennis

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11. “A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.” — George Nakashima

12. “You can tell the tree by the fruit it bears. You see it through what the organization is delivering as far as a concrete program. If the tree’s fruit sours or grows brackish, then the time has come to chop it down — bury it and walk over it and plant new seeds.” — Huey Newton

13. “To plant trees is to give body and life to one’s dreams of a better world.” — Russell Page

14. “I love to think that animals and humans and plants and fishes and trees and stars and the moon are all connected.” — Gloria Vanderbilt

15. “If we plant the right seeds, tomorrow will be better. If you put out good things, then you’ll get good things back.” — Ben Vereen

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16. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

17. “Whatever seeds each man cultivates will grow to maturity and bear in him their own fruit. If they be vegetative, he will be like a plant.” — Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

18. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” — Michael Pollan

19. “The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.” — George Orwell

20. “Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.” — Robert Collier

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21. “If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” — Carl Linnaeus

22. “Plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom.” — Ken Kesey

23. “I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.” — Penelope Keith

24. “He that plants trees, loves others besides himself.” — Thomas Fuller

25. “Trees are the largest and most spiritually advanced plants on Earth. They are constantly in meditation. Subtle energy is their natural language.” — Mantak Chia

silhouetted plant leaves in graceful form

26. “I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection.” — Luther Burbank

27. “From dead plant matter to nematodes to bacteria, never underestimate the cleverness of mushrooms to find new food!” — Paul Stamets

28. “A sensitive plant in a garden grew, And the young winds fed it with silver dew, And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light, and closed them beneath the kisses of night.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley

29. “Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.” — Terri Guillemets

30. “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” — Walter Hagen

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Summing Up

I believe these plant quotes have offered you a glimpse into the power of nature and deeper connections between humanity and botany.

Hear the call of the natural world and embrace the wisdom it offers!

130 Inspiring Plant Quotes Celebrating The Beauty Of Flora