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65 Best John Muir Quotes on the Mountains of Life

Published on September 20, 2019 7:30 AM EST
John Muir quotes that will expand your mind

Our latest collection of John Muir quotes one Everyday Power Blog. Enjoy!

John Muir was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, inventor, explorer, writer, and an advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States.

John Muir quotes that will expand your mind

Through his writings, he has inspired millions of readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve and restore the natural environment.

Born on April 21, 1838, in Dunbar, Scotland, Muir had a strict religious upbringing and began his “love affair” with nature while still young. His family immigrated to the United States in 1849 and started a farm near Portage, Wisconsin, which has since been designated a National Historic Landmark.

In 1876, through articles published in popular periodicals, Muir encouraged the federal government to adopt a forest conservation. He is also remembered for his role in the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, founding the Sierra Club, and many other achievements.

More than a century since his passing, Muir still continues to inspire people to explore and conserve the outdoors. Below are some great John Muir quotes that will make you appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of protecting it.

Born: 21 April 1838, Dunbar, United Kingdom

Died: 24 December 1914, Los Angeles, California, United States

Don’t forget to also read our collection of quotes about roses that will allow you to see the beauty in life even with all its thorns. We also have a beautiful collection of quotes about nature as well as these forest quotes to inspire your love for Mother Earth. Be sure to check that as well.

Best John Muir quotes on the mountains of life

1. “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

2. “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” – John Muir

3. “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.” – John Muir

4. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” – – John Muir

5. “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir

6. “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir

7. “Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.” ― John Muir

8. “The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day.” – John Muir

9. “Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.” ― John Muir

10. “I am learning to live close to the lives of my friends without ever seeing them. No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine.” ― John Muir

John Muir quotes about nature and national parks

11. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

12. “None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” ― John Muir

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.” – John Muir

14. “There is a love of wild Nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love ever showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.” ― John Muir

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

16. “Yosemite Park is a place of rest… None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” ― John Muir

17. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir

18. “Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.” – John Muir

19. “There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.”
John Muir

20. “Beauty beyond thought everywhere, beneath, above, made and being made forever.” ― John Muir

John Muir quotes that will inspire you to get out into the wilderness

21. “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

22. “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

23. “Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.” – John Muir

24. “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

25. “To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.” – John Muir

26. “We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.” ― John Muir

27. “One should go to the woods for safety, if for nothing else.” ― John Muir

28. “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.” ― John Muir

29. “Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.” ― John Muir

30. “All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world’s wildernesses I first should wander.” ― John Muir

John Muir quotes about the mountains

31. “Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.” – John Muir

32. “The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

33. “Going to the mountains is going home.” ― John Muir

34. “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

35. “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” – John Muir

36. “Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing” ― John Muir

37. “One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.” ― John Muir

38. “Then, after a long fireside rest and a glance at my notebook, I cut a few leafy branches for a bed, and fell into the clear, death-like sleep of the tired mountaineer.” ― John Muir

39. “But the darkest scriptures of the mountains are illumined with bright passages of love that never fail to make themselves felt when one is alone.” ― John Muir

40. “In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars.” ― John Muir

Inspirational John Muir quotes

41. “The battle for conservation must go on endlessly. It is part of the universal warfare between right and wrong.” ― John Muir

42. “The sun shines not on us but in us.” ― John Muir

43. “Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away.” ― John Muir

44. “Most people are on the world, not in it.” ― John Muir

45. “The deeper the solitude the less the sense of loneliness, and the nearer our friends.” ― John Muir

46. “Here are the roots of all the life of the valleys, and here more simply than elsewhere is the eternal flux of nature manifested.” ― John Muir

47. “Here I could stay tethered forever with just bread and water, nor would I be lonely; loved friends and neighbors, as love for everything increased, would seem all the nearer however many the miles and mountains between us.” ― John Muir

48. “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

49. “Nothing truly wild is unclean.” ― John Muir

50. “I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.” ― John Muir

John Muir quotes that will expand your mind

51. “Wherever we go in the mountains, or indeed in any of God’s wild fields, we find more than we seek.”― John Muir

52. “And into the woods I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”― John Muir

53. “At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed.”― John Muir

54. “It seems supernatural, but only because it is not understood.”― John Muir

55. “Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue; indeed the body seems one palate, and tingles equally throughout.” ― John Muir

56. “I never saw a discontented tree.”― John Muir

57. “Wherever there were glaciers, the world was in a constant state of creation.”― John Muir

58. “One must labor for beauty as for bread.”― John Muir

59. “There is nothing more eloquent in Nature than a mountain stream.”― John Muir

60. “The power of imagination makes us infinite.”― John Muir

61. “Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.”― John Muir

62. “Fortunately wrong cannot last. Soon or late it must fall back home to Hades, while some compensating good must surely follow.”― John Muir

63. “Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”― John Muir

64. “The snow is melting into music.”― John Muir

65. “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising.”―John Muir

Which of these John Muir quotes was your favorite?

Nothing quite compares to when you’re out there amid the amid the sound of trees and the rush of waterfalls. One man who truly understood this feeling was John Muir.

He loved nature and spent most of his life advocating for the conservation of the natural environment, especially our national parks. Hopefully, these quotes have reminded you of nature’s beauty and the need to preserve it.

Did you enjoy these John Muir quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share with your friends and followers.

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    carl thalgott

    October 15, 2018 at 9:21 PM

    Did John Muir say This?

    “There is no greater connection to the land than to live by it. To feel a handful of soil. And heat. And cold. And wind. Wet by dew in the mornings, blanketed by stars at night; the land is a life that ends up written on the faces and hands of its most devoted stewards”

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