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The oak, when living, monarch of the wood; The English oak, which, dead, commands the flood. - Charles Churchill

In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; a grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak. (A Fable for Critics) - James Russell Lowell

And many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak. - William Shakespeare

The ivy cannot grow alone: it must twine round some support or other; if not the goodly oak, then the ragged thorn, round any dead stick whatever, rather than have no stay or support at all. It is even so with the heart and affections of man; if they do not twine around God, they must twine around some meaner thing. - Richard Chevenix Trench

Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion? - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not growing like a tree In bulk, doth make man better be; Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: A lily of a day Is fairer far in May, Although it falls and die that night, It was the plant and flower of Light. - Ben Jonson

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. - Voltaire