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55 Inspiring John Muir Quotes (MOUNTAINEER)

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
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.
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.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.
Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.

11 John Muir Quotes on the Beauty of Mountains

“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 drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

John Muir
The mountains are calling and I must go.
The mountains are calling and I must go.
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.
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.
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.
We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.
Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.
Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.
One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.
One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.
Waking up early on a weekend to hit the trail is a sacrifice made well worth it when you reach a mountain top in time to catch the sunrise.
Waking up early on a weekend to hit the trail is a sacrifice made well worth it when you reach a mountain top in time to catch the sunrise.
Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing.
Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing.
Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best.
Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best.

18 Inspirational John Muir Quotes on Nature and the Wilderness

“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
God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.
God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.
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.
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.
Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.
Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.
None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.
None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.
Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.
Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.
There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.
There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.
Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.
Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.

“It is easier to feel than to realize, or in any way explain, Yosemite grandeur. The magnitudes of the rocks and trees and streams are so delicately harmonized, they are mostly hidden.”

John Muir
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.
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.
To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.
To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.
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.
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.
Every natural object is a conductor of divinity and only by coming into contact with them… may we be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Every natural object is a conductor of divinity and only by coming into contact with them… may we be filled with the Holy Ghost.
The practical importance of the preservation of our forests is augmented by their relations to climate, soil and streams.
The practical importance of the preservation of our forests is augmented by their relations to climate, soil and streams.
One of the best ways to see tree flowers is to climb one of the tallest trees and to get into close, tingling touch with them, and then look broad.
One of the best ways to see tree flowers is to climb one of the tallest trees and to get into close, tingling touch with them, and then look broad.
We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.
We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.
Going to the woods is going home.
Going to the woods is going home.

16 John Muir Quotes About Life

“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
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.
Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.
The sun shines not on us but in us.
The sun shines not on us but in us.
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.
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.

“Yet how hard most people work for mere dust and ashes and care, taking no thought of growing in knowledge and grace, never having time to get in sight of their own ignorance.”

John Muir
The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.
The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
Rocks and waters, etc., are words of God, and so are men. We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love.
Rocks and waters, etc., are words of God, and so are men. We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love.
The battle for conservation must go on endlessly. It is part of the universal warfare between right and wrong.
The battle for conservation must go on endlessly. It is part of the universal warfare between right and wrong.
In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars.
In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars.
The deeper the solitude the less the sense of loneliness, and the nearer our friends.
The deeper the solitude the less the sense of loneliness, and the nearer our friends.
Doubly happy, however, is the man whom lofty mountain tops are within reach, for the lights that shine there illumine all that lies below.
Doubly happy, however, is the man whom lofty mountain tops are within reach, for the lights that shine there illumine all that lies below.
Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.
Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.
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.
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.

“Most people are on the world, not in it — have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them — undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.”

John Muir

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