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A collection of quotes and thoughts by John Muir on nature, environment, walk, universe, forest, mountains, beauty, sunshine, stars, travel, alone and silence.

28 Motivational John Muir Quotes For Alpinists, Wanderers And Nature Lovers

Quick Facts

Famous As: Naturalist

Born On: April 21, 1838

Died On: December 24, 1914

Born In: Dunbar

Died At Age: 76

John Muir fabled as ‘John of the Mountains’ was a well-known Scottish-American author, naturalist, glaciologist and environmental philosopher. He was one of the early propagandists for the perpetuation of wilderness in the United States. His thoughts, views, writings, books, letters and essays that describe his adventures in nature, especially in Sierra Nevada have a large readership. He founded the ‘Sierra Club’ which is an illustrious American conservation organization. Muir’s activism also aided in safeguarding the ‘Sequoia National Park’ and ‘Yosemite Valley’ amongst others. Both Scots and Americans consider Muir an inspiration. The enthusiasm and spirituality that Muir has expressed in his writings towards his environment and nature have inspirited readers, congressmen and presidents to do their bit in preserving large nature areas. Here is a collection of thoughts and quotes by John Muir, the ecological thinker and religious prophet whose writings till date serve as a bible for countless environmentalists. Read through the quotes and sayings by John Muir that will make you fall in love with nature.

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

John Muir

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

John Muir

The mountains are calling and I must go.

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

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

John Muir

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity

John Muir

The world's big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

John Muir

The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.

John Muir

The sun shines not on us but in us.

John Muir

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

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

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

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

John Muir

I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news

John Muir

Going to the mountains is going home.

John Muir

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

John Muir

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.

John Muir

John Muir, Earth — planet, Universe [Muir's home address, as inscribed on the inside front cover of his first field journal]

John Muir

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

Going to the woods is going home.

John Muir

Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.

John Muir

Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.

John Muir

There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties

John Muir

Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.

John Muir

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

John Muir

This time it is real — all must die, and where could mountaineer find a more glorious death!

John Muir

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

John Muir