John Muir

Engineer, Naturalist, Philosopher, Writer, Botanist, Geologist, Environmentalist

April 21, 1838 - December 24, 1914

April 21, 1838 - December 24, 1914

Engineer, Naturalist, Philosopher, Writer, Botanist, Geologist, Environmentalist


56 Greatest Quotes By John Muir

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. John Muir
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. John Muir
The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. John Muir
I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. 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
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. John Muir
Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. John Muir
God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. John Muir
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir
When a man plants a tree, he plants himself. John Muir
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
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
Everything in Nature called destruction must be creation-a change from beauty to beauty. John Muir
Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue. John Muir
Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life. John Muir
Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold. John Muir
The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts. John Muir
Even the sick should try these so-called dangerous passes, because for every unfortunate they kill, they cure a thousand. 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
Wilderness is a necessity... there must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls. John Muir
Wherever we go in the mountains, we find more than we seek. John Muir
I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in church thinking about the mountains. John Muir
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. John Muir
There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties. John Muir
In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars. John Muir
If people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish. John Muir
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir
God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is 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
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. John Muir
Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best. John Muir
The United States government has always been proud of the welcome it has extended to good men of every nation, seeking freedom and homes and bread. John Muir
Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it. John Muir
Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm. John Muir
The blessings of one mountain day, whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever. John Muir
The battle for conservation will go on endlessly. It is part of the universal battle between right and wrong. John Muir
Rocks and waters, etc., are words of God, and so are men. We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. 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
The practical importance of the preservation of our forests is augmented by their relations to climate, soil and streams. John Muir
This time it is real — all must die, and where could mountaineer find a more glorious death! 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
As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. John Muir
To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. John Muir
Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. John Muir
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
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. John Muir
Every natural object is a conductor of divinity and only by coming into contact with them... may we be filled with the Holy Ghost. John Muir
Look! Nature is overflowing with the grandeur of God! John Muir
Nature in her green, tranquil woods heals and soothes all afflictions. John Muir