If I knew the world should go under tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.”

[Und wenn ich wüsste, dass morgen die Welt unterginge, so pflanzte ich heute noch einen Apfelbaum.]

Martin Luther (1483-1546) German religious reformer
(Attributed)

Many alternative translations and paraphrases of this apocryphal statement can be found:

  • "Even if I knew that the whole world was going to smash tomorrow, still, I would plant an apple tree today. [Auch wenn ich wüsste, dass morgen die Welt zugrunde geht, würde ich heute noch einen Apfelbaum pflanzen.]"
  • "If I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would plant a tree this afternoon."
  • "If I knew I was to die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today."
Added on 1-Apr-10 | Last updated 1-Apr-10
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