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John Muir Quote: “The mountains are calling and I must go.”

The mountains are calling and I must go.

— John Muir



John Muir Quote: “Going to the mountains is going home.”

Going to the mountains is going home.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


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

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

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

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

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.”

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


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”

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

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.”

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



John Muir Quote: “Nothing truly wild is unclean.”

Nothing truly wild is unclean.

— John Muir


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

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


John Muir Quote: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Most people are on the world, not in it.”

Most people are on the world, not in it.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


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

We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir



John Muir Quote: “Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant.”

Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.”

Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness.”

I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in church thinking about the mountains.”

I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in church thinking about the mountains.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”

As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Tug on anything in nature and you will find it connected to everything else.”

Tug on anything in nature and you will find it connected to everything else.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”

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

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “The sun shines not on us but in us.”

The sun shines not on us but in us.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world.”

In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.”

Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “It may not be easy, life isn’t easy, but dreams keep you alive.”

It may not be easy, life isn’t easy, but dreams keep you alive.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.”

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “I am well again, I came to life in the cool winds and crystal waters of the mountains.”

I am well again, I came to life in the cool winds and crystal waters of the mountains.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.”

To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “I will follow my instincts, and be myself for good or ill.”

I will follow my instincts, and be myself for good or ill.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Wander a whole summer if you can. Time will not be taken from the sum of life. Instead of shortening, it will definitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal.”

Wander a whole summer if you can. Time will not be taken from the sum of life. Instead of shortening, it will definitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.”

Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.”

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “A lifetime is so little a time that we die before we get ready to live. I should like to study at a college, but then I have to say to myself: “You will die before you can do anything else”.”

A lifetime is so little a time that we die before we get ready to live. I should like to study at a college, but then I have to say to myself: “You will die before you can do anything else”.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.”

Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “I might have become a millionaire, but I chose to become a tramp.”

I might have become a millionaire, but I chose to become a tramp.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “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.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide.”

Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide.

— John Muir


John Muir Quote: “Keep in view the common good of the people for all time.”

Keep in view the common good of the people for all time.

— John Muir

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