— Molière French playwright and actor 1622 - 1673
„Diogenes compared them to fig-trees growing over precipices; for their fruit was devoured by daws and crows, not by men.“
Galen, on Diogenes's views on the ignorant rich, in Exhortation to Study the Arts, Wakefield (1796), p. 217; cf. Stobaeus, iv. 31b. 48.
Latter day attributions
„It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit because there is no winter there.“
— John Bunyan English Christian writer and preacher 1628 - 1688
„Phocion compared the speeches of Leosthenes to cypress-trees. "They are tall," said he, "and comely, but bear no fruit."“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders
„The first of men did no more than take the fruit of the tree, and that, we are told, was sin. Modern humanity "tortures the tree in order the sooner to obtain its fruit."“
— Charles Baudouin French-Swiss psychoanalyst 1893 - 1963
quote is from Prayer for the Departed by Armand Godoy
The Myth of Modernity (1946)
„Can someone eat the fruit that comes from the tree of action that grows from the seeds of your mind?“
— Eugene J. Martin American artist 1938 - 2005
from E.J. Martin's website at http://morayeel.louisiana.edu/ejMARTIN/ejMARTIN-artist.html and http://www.neoimages.net/statement.aspx?id=1312
„Desire may be compared to a minute seed. It is like a big banyan tree growing out of a seed, which is no bigger than a dot.“
— Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920
[Swami Tapasyananda, Swami Nikhilananda, Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother; Life and Conversations, 292]
„I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out.“
— Sylvia Plath, kniha The Bell Jar
Zdroj: The Bell Jar (1963), Ch.7
„Rememberest the gods, and that they wish not to be flattered, but wish all reasonable beings to be made like themselves; and… rememberest that what does the work of a fig-tree is a fig-tree, and that what does the work of a dog is a dog, and that what does the work of a bee is a bee, and that what does the work of a man is a man.“
— Marcus Aurelius, kniha Hovory k sobě
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book X
„Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.“
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
Zdroj: Walden & Civil Disobedience
— Theodor Reuss German singer 1855 - 1923
IV. Defense and Support : Building blocks for the O.T.O. Temple
Parsifal and the Secret of the Graal Unveiled (1914)
Kontext: Closing Word
Learn to eat of the tree of Knowledge, and of the tree of Life enjoy the fruit. Seek both within yourself, and so you recognize them and know their place, you are come to the highest rung of the 12 step ladder.
Through this will the Divine-Love be awoken that does not have a place in the twisted minds of men, but dwells in his heart, from which the salvational current will be born which gives us the vision of the eternal light and annihilates all falsity.
"The eternal-feminine draws us up?!"
„I received a draft of a beautiful Tree penciled on a large sheet of white paper bearing ripe fruit I saw it plainly it looked very singular and curious to me. I have since learned that this tree grows in the Spirit Land. Afterwards the spirit showed me plainly the branches, leaves, and fruit presented or drawn upon paper. The leaves were checked or (unreadable) and the same color you see here. I entreated Mother Ann to tell me the name of this tree which she did Oct 1st 4th hour PM by moving the hand of a medium to write twice over Your Tree is the Tree of Life.“
— Hannah Cohoon American artist 1781 - 1864
Hand printed below Hannah Cohoon's painting of "The Tree of Life" dated July 3, 1854
„Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaf and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin’ in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin’ in the poplar trees.“
— Billie Holiday American jazz singer and songwriter 1915 - 1959
"Strange Fruit" (1939). Though Holiday's renditions made this anti-lynching song famous, it was written by Abel Meeropol (using his pseudonym "Lewis Allen").
„Brambles, in particular, protect and nourish young fruit trees, and on farms bramble clumps (blackberry or one of its related cultivars) can be used to exclude deer and cattle from newly set trees. As the trees (apple, quince, plum, citrus, fig) age, and the brambles are shaded out, hoofed animals come to eat fallen fruit, and the mature trees (7 plus years old) are sufficiently hardy to withstand browsing. Our forest ancestors may well have followed some such sequences for orchard evolution, assisted by indigenous birds and mammals.“
— Bill Mollison Australian permaculturist 1928 - 2016
Zdroj: Permaculture: A Designers' Manual (1988), chapter 12.7
„When men were scattered over the earth, protected by eaves or by the dug-out shelter of a cliff or by the trunk of a hollow tree, it was philosophy that taught them to build houses.“
— Posidonius ancient greek philosopher -135 - -51 př. n. l.
As quoted in Epistulae morales ad Lucilium by Seneca, Epistle XC (trans. R. M. Gummere)
„You cannot plant greatness as you plant yams or maize. Who ever planted an iroko tree — the greatest tree in the forest? You may collect all the iroko seeds in the world, open the soil and put them there. It will be in vain. The great tree chooses where to grow and we find it there, so it is with the greatness in men.“
— Chinua Achebe, kniha No Longer at Ease
Zdroj: No Longer at Ease (1960), Chapter 5 (p. 57)
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
Kontext: Consciousness presupposes itself, and asking about its origin is an idle and just as sophistical a question as that old one, "What came first, the fruit-tree or the stone? Wasn't there a stone out of which came the first fruit-tree? Wasn't there a fruit-tree from which came the first stone? Journals and Papers, Hannay, 1996 1843 IVA49
— Stephen King, kniha Doctor Sleep
Zdroj: Doctor Sleep
— George William Russell Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter 1867 - 1935
The Nuts of Knowledge (1903)
Kontext: For sure the enchanted waters pour through every wind that blows.
I think when night towers up aloft and shakes the trembling dew
How every high and lonely thought that thrills my being through
Is but a ruddy berry dropped down through the purple air,
And from the magic tree of life the fruit falls everywhere.