The tree of Knowledge is a Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 387, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaphgreen leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," published in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).
Pryce-Jones chose these words for his book's epigraph.)
Probability but no truth, facility but no freedomit is owing to these two fruits that the tree of knowledge cannot be confused with the tree of life.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 540, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 1, "On the Tree of Knowledge," (1880).
The German word Wahrscheinlichkeit (literally "resembling truth") means "probability" and so Nietzsche's coinage Freischeinlichkeit (literally "resembling freedom") is rendered as "facility" to maintain parallel construction, and the trees (der Baum der Erkenntniss and der Baum des Lebens) are an allusion to Genesis 2:9.)
God who freed from fruit the seed can pick a pear from a baby tree. God who sired the hallowed fig does harvest fruit from a barren sprig. God made blooms pastel and bright fruits and can a kumquat take from a tree of quince. He Who made Pluto and the Pleiades can pluck a plum where there is no tree.
God has created the trees as the sources of food and shelter for others. He has so sensibly not given the trees any weapons like horns, pointed teeth or intelligence to protect themselves. Say, if we went to pluck a mango and if the tree attacked us, then it would be difficult for us to survive! God has not given horns to a lion because it already has a weapon to protect himself- razor-sharp teeth. God has not given the humans horns or sharp teeth but more valuable gift- intelligence!
No tree is so wedded to the water, and harmonizes so well with still streams.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 44, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)