John Muir

John Muir

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Author Profession: Outdoors & Nature, Science, Naturalism
Born: April 21, 1838
Died: December 24, 2014
Birth Sign: Taurus

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John Muir quotes

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.

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

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.

The mountains are calling and I must go.

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

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.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

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.

The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.

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.

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

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.

There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.

Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!

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.

Every natural object is a conductor of divinity and only by coming into contact with them... may we be filled with the Holy Ghost.

How terribly downright must be the utterances of storms and earthquakes to those accustomed to the soft hypocrisies of society.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger today

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