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John Muir Quotes

Quotes by John Muir - (46 quotes)

John Muir - From the Adventure category:

We are all, in some sense, mountaineers, and going to the mountains is going home. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Aging category:

As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature's sources never fail. Like a generous host, she offers her brimming cups in endless variety... decorated with glorious paintings and enlivened with bands of music ever playing. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Authority category:

Divine love is the sublime boss of the universe. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Beauty category:

None of Nature's landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Beauty category:

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty! (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Books category:

I have a low opinion of books: they are piles of stones set up to show coming travelers where other minds have been, or at best signal smokes to call attention... (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Brother/Sisterhood category:

We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Destiny category:

I wish I knew where I was going. Doomed to be carried of the spirit into the wilderness, I suppose. I wish I could be more moderate in my desires, but I cannot, and so there is no rest. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Earth category:

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Earth category:

Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Eccentricity category:

Society doesn't need that everybody is behaving in the full normal way... like people in a Buddhist monastery... But eccentricity may also connect with the irrational. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Enthusiasm category:

It is a fine thing to see people in hot earnest about anything. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Enthusiasm category:

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)

John Muir - From the Freedom category:

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. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Friendship category:

To ask me whether I could endure to live without friends is absurd. It is easy enough to live out of material sight of friends, but to live without human love is impossible. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Habit category:

Bread without butter or coffee without milk is an awful calamity, as if everything before being put in our mouth must first be held under a cow. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Health category:

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 alike. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Hope category:

In God's wildness lies the hope of the world – the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Imagination category:

Imagination is usually regarded as a synonym for the unreal. Yet is true imagination healthful and real, no more likely to mislead than the coarse senses. Indeed, the power of imagination makes us infinite. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Immortality category:

Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Individuality category:

Every atom in creation may be said to be acquainted with and married to every other, but with universal union there is a division sufficient in degree for the purposes of the most intense individuality. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Journey category:

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)

John Muir - From the Language category:

The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes, their written language is too difficult for human minds, and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Life category:

As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Light category:

The moon is looking down into the canyon, and how marvelously the great rocks kindle to her light! Every dome, and brow, and swelling boss touched by her white rays, glows as if lighted with snow. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Listening category:

Listen to them! How wholly infused with God is this one big word of love that we call the world! (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Love category:

Quench love, and what is left of a man's life but the folding of a few jointed bones and square inches of flesh? Who would call that life? (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Memory category:

Nothing can be done well at a speed of forty miles a day. The multitude of mixed, novel impressions rapidly piled on one another make only a dreamy, bewildering, swirling blur, most of which is unrememberable. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Nature category:

Nature has always something rare to show us... and the danger to life and limb is hardly greater than one would experience crouching deprecatingly beneath a roof. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Nature category:

So extraordinary is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees... (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Peace category:

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 energy, while cares will drip off like autumn leaves. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Play category:

Surely all God's people, however serious or savage, great or small, like to play. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Questions category:

Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds or the music of water written in river-lines? (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Religion category:

See how God writes history. No technical knowledge is required; only a calm day and a calm mind. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Repose category:

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Senses category:

How infinitely superior to our physical senses are those of the mind! (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Silence category:

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)

John Muir - From the Solitude category:

I am often asked if I am not lonely on my solitary excursions. It seems so self-evident that one cannot be lonesome where everything is wild and beautiful and busy and steeped with God that the question is hard to answer. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Stress category:

Few in these hot, dim, strenuous times are quite sane or free; choked with care like clocks full of dust, laboriously doing so much good and making so much money – or so little, they are no longer good for themselves. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Travel category:

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)

John Muir - From the Travel category:

Wander a whole summer if you can. Thousands of God's blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Universe category:

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

John Muir - From the Wonder category:

What wonders lie in every mountain day! (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Words category:

Word lessons, in particular the wouldst couldst shouldst have loved kind, were kept up, with much warlike thrashing, until I had committed the whole of French, Latin, and English grammars to memory... (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Words category:

In connection with the reading lessons, we were called on to recite parts of them with the rules over and over again, as if all the regular and irregular incomprehensible verb stuff was poetry. (John Muir)

John Muir - From the Work category:

Better to toil blindly, beating every stone in turn for grains of gold, whether they contain any or not, than lie down in apathetic decay. (John Muir)