John Muir Quotes

“Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.” – John Muir



“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” – John Muir




“The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.” – John Muir




“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” – – John Muir



“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir



“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir




“Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.” ― John Muir




“The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day.” – John Muir



“Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.” ― John Muir




“I am learning to live close to the lives of my friends without ever seeing them. No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine.” ― John Muir
John Muir quotes about nature and national parks



“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir



“None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” ― John Muir




“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir




“There is a love of wild Nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love ever showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.” ― John Muir




“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ― John Muir



“Yosemite Park is a place of rest… None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” ― John Muir



“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir



“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.” – John Muir



“There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.”
― John Muir



“Beauty beyond thought everywhere, beneath, above, made and being made forever.” ― John Muir



“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir




“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir




“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.” – John Muir




“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir



“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.” – John Muir




“We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.” ― John Muir



“One should go to the woods for safety, if for nothing else.” ― John Muir





“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.” ― John Muir



“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.” ― John Muir




“All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world’s wildernesses I first should wander.” ― John Muir
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John Muir quotes about the mountains




“Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.” – John Muir




“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir



“Going to the mountains is going home.” ― John Muir



“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” ― John Muir




“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” – John Muir



“Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing” ― John Muir



“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.” ― John Muir



“Then, after a long fireside rest and a glance at my notebook, I cut a few leafy branches for a bed, and fell into the clear, death-like sleep of the tired mountaineer.” ― John Muir



“But the darkest scriptures of the mountains are illumined with bright passages of love that never fail to make themselves felt when one is alone.” ― John Muir



“In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars.” ― John Muir




“The battle for conservation must go on endlessly. It is part of the universal warfare between right and wrong.” ― John Muir



“The sun shines not on us but in us.” ― John Muir




“Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away.” ― John Muir




“Most people are on the world, not in it.” ― John Muir



“The deeper the solitude the less the sense of loneliness, and the nearer our friends.” ― John Muir




“Here are the roots of all the life of the valleys, and here more simply than elsewhere is the eternal flux of nature manifested.” ― John Muir



“Here I could stay tethered forever with just bread and water, nor would I be lonely; loved friends and neighbors, as love for everything increased, would seem all the nearer however many the miles and mountains between us.” ― John Muir



“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” ― John Muir



“Nothing truly wild is unclean.” ― John Muir



“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.” ― John Muir

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