John Muir Quotes that Make You Fall in Love With Nature

Filed in Quote by on April 19, 2024

Enjoy Our latest collection of John Muir quotes. John Muir is arguably one of the greatest adventurers in history. He was an author, philosopher, naturalist, inventor, and of course a hiker.

His efforts helped preserve Yosemite National Park and start the Sierra Club, and his writings continue to inspire new generations to get outside and experiencenature through hiking and backpacking.

Inspiring John Muir Quotes

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.

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 Quotes

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 like 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.

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

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

13. “Everybody needs beauty and 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 or not recognised, and however covered by cares and duties.” ― John Muir Quotes

15. “When one tug 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 stay forever in one place like a tree.” ― John Muir.

17. “One touch of nature makes the entire 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.”
― John Muir

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

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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 a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir Quotes

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 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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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39. “But they illumine the darkest scriptures of the mountains with bright passages of love that never cannot 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

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 Quotes

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

44. “Most people are in 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 Quotes

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

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.
If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of supernatural quotes about light and darkness.

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 Quotes.

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 than a mountain stream.”― John Muir.

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

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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 (see more quotes about snow)

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

66. “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

67. “The world, we are told, was made especially for man – a presumption not supported by all the facts. A many class of men is painfully astonished whenever they find anything, living or dead, in all God’s universe, which they cannot eat or render what they call useful to themselves.” – John Muir

68. “Every natural object is a conductor of divinity and only by coming into contact with them… may they may fill us with the Holy Ghost.” – John Muir Quotes

69. “It is easier to feel than to realise, or explain Yosemite grandeur. The magnitudes of the rocks and trees and streams are so delicately harmonised, they are mostly hidden.” – John Muir

70. “I bade adieu to mechanical inventions, determined to devote the rest of my life to the study of the inventions of God.” – John Muir

71. “I ran home in the moonlight with long, firm strides; for the sun-love made me strong.” – John Muir

72.When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent.” – John Muir

73. “I direct most people who travel look only at what they to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant.” – John Muir

74. “In all my wild mountaineering, I have enjoyed only one avalanche ride, and the start was so sudden, and the end came so soon, I thought but little of the danger that goes with this sort of travel, though one thinks fast at such times.” – John Muir

John Muir Amazing Quote About Nature

75. “I only went out for a walk and concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir Quotes

76. “How terribly downright must be the utterances of storms and earthquakes to those accustomed to the soft hypocrisies of society.” – John Muir

77. “Man seems to be the only animal whose food soils him, making necessary much washing and shield-like bibs and napkins. Moles living in the earth and eating slimy worms are yet as clean as seals or fishes, whose lives are one perpetual wash.” – John Muir.

78. “I care to live, only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness. Heaven knows that John the Baptist was not more eager to get all his fellow sinners into the Jordan than I to baptise all of mine in the beauty of God’s mountains.” – John Muir

79. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are finding out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity, and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers but as fountains of life.” – John Muir

80. “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.” – John Muir.

Nothing quite compares to when you’re out there 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.

CSN Team.

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