John Muir Quotes

John Muir quotes are legendary. A naturalist, conservationist and powerful figure is this man who had a passion for preserving nature. I can't imagine loving Yosemite National Park as I do and not knowing about a gentleman who did so much to preserve it. I encourage you to know him by his words.

"But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life...as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures..."

"To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness."


John Muir


"...I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations and parks, with the view to inciting the people to come and enjoy them, and get them into their hearts that so at length their preservation and right use might me made sure."

"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own

freshness into you, and the storms their energies, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread."

"No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life...Awful in stern, immovable majesty, how softly these rocks are adorned, and how fine and reassuring the company they keep: Their feet among beautiful groves and meadows, their brows in the sky, a thousand flowers leaning confidingly against their feet, bathed in floods of water, floods of light..."

"God has to nearly kill us sometimes, to teach us lessons."

"One day's exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books."

John Muir Quotes: "The water ouzel bird is joyous and lovable little fellow. About the size of a robin, clad in a plain waterproof suit of bluish gray, with a tinge of chocolate on the head and shoulders...Among all the mountain birds, none has cheered me so much in my lonely wanderings, none so unfailingly. For both in winter and summer he sings, sweetly, cheerily, independent alike of sunshine and of love, requiring no other inspiration than the stream on which he dwells."


A John Muir Quote Is Usually About The Outdoors


"Glorious...are these rocks and waters arrayed in storm robes, or chanting rejoicing in every-day dress..."

"The tide of visitors will float slowly about the the bottom of the valley...leaving the rocks and and falls eloquent as ever and instinct with imperishable beauty and greatness."

"The mountains are calling and I must go."

"I...am always glad to touch the living rock again and dip my hand in the high mountain air."

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness."


"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."

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease."

"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 Quotes: "To some, beauty seems but an accident of creation: to Muir it was the very smile of God."

"Grandest special temple of nature I was ever permitted to enter."

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark."

"Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is sting less indeed, and as beautiful as life."


"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

John Muir Quotes: "The wrongs done to trees, wrongs of every sort, are done in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, for when the light comes, the heart of the people is always right."

"How interesting everything is! Every rock, mountain, stream, plant, lake, lawn, forest, garden, bird, beast, insect seems to call and invite us to come and learn something of its history and relationship."



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