John Muir quotes

Born
April 21, 1838 Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland.

Died
December 24.

Occupation
Naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist.

John Muir was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada.

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
– John Muir
The redwood is one of the few conifers that sprout from the stump and roots, and it declares itself willing to begin immediately to repair the damage of the lumberman and also that of the forest-burner.
– John Muir
In all my wild mountaineering, I have enjoyed only one avalanche ride; and the start was so sudden, and the end came so soon, I thought but little of the danger that goes with this sort of travel, though one thinks fast at such times.
– John Muir
When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent.
– John Muir
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
– 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
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
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
– 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
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
– 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
There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart lords.
– John Muir
The mountains are calling and I must go.
– John Muir
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
– John Muir
A queer fellow and a jolly fellow is the grasshopper. Up the mountains he comes on excursions, how high I don’t know, but at least as far and high as Yosemite tourists.
– 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
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
Sheep, like people, are ungovernable when hungry.
– John Muir
Every other civilized nation in the world has been compelled to care for its forests, and so must we if waste and destruction are not to go on to the bitter end, leaving America as barren as Palestine or Spain.
– John Muir
It is easier to feel than to realize, or in any way explain, Yosemite grandeur. The magnitudes of the rocks and trees and streams are so delicately harmonized, they are mostly hidden.
– John Muir
From the dust of the earth, from the common elementary fund, the Creator has made Homo sapiens. From the same material he has made every other creature, however noxious and insignificant to us. They are earth-born companions and our fellow mortals.
– John Muir
I bade adieu to mechanical inventions, determined to devote the rest of my life to the study of the inventions of God.
– John Muir
To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.
– John Muir
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
– John Muir
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.
– John Muir
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
– John Muir
Sequoia seeds have flat wings, and glint and glance in their flight like a boy’s kite.
– John Muir
One may as well dam for water tanks the people’s cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man.
– John Muir
How terribly downright must be the utterances of storms and earthquakes to those accustomed to the soft hypocrisies of society.
– John Muir
The practical importance of the preservation of our forests is augmented by their relations to climate, soil and streams.
– 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
Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best.
– 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
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