25 John Muir Quotes

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John Muir (1838-1914 was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and philosopher who was an early advocate of protecting wilderness in The United States. He is sometimes called “The Father of the National Parks.”

Here are 25 of his most inspiring quotes.

  1. When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

  2. We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.

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

  4. Earth has no sorrow that Earth can’t heal.

  5. The mountains are calling and I must go.

  6. 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.

  7. How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

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

  9. The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

  10. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

  11. The power of imagination makes us infinite.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

  15. When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

  16. There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.

  17. Beauty beyond thought everywhere, beneath, above, made and being made forever.

  18. I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

  19. Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.

  20. We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.

  21. In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars.

  22. The sun shines not on us but in us.

  23. Most people are on the world, not in it.

  24. The deeper the solitude the less the sense of loneliness, and the nearer our friends.

  25. I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.