John Muir

Quotes
Quote Topics Cited
Free the rivers. Environment & Environmentalism
God’s great wilderness is the hope of the world. Parks & Recreation
Many of nature’s five hundred kinds of wild trees had to make way for orchards and cornfields. In the settlement and civilization of the country, bread more than timber or beauty was wanted; and in the blindness of hunger, the early settlers, claiming Heaven as their guide, regarded God’s trees as only a larger kind of pernicious weeds, extremely hard to get rid of. Accordingly, with no eye to the future, these pious destroyers waged interminable forest wars; chips flew thick and fast; trees in their beauty fell crashing by millions, smashed to confusion, and the smoke of their burning has been rising to heaven more than two hundred years … Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Our government has done nothing effective with its forests, though the best in the world, but is like a rich and foolish spendthrift who has inherited a magnificent estate in perfect order, and then has left his rich fields and meadows, forests and parks, to be sold and plundered and wasted at will … Public Works & Natural Resources
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual Environment & Environmentalism
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.
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. Nature ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Nature ;Religion & God
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! Inspiration
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. Nature ;Travel
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. Nature
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. Nature ;Environment & Environmentalism
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.
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. Nature ;Environment & Environmentalism
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. Nature
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual. Nature ;Literature, Writers & Writing
The mountains are calling and I must go. Nature
The power of imagination makes us infinite. Power ;Inspiration
There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords. Power
To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. Travel
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!
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. Environment & Environmentalism