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John Muir Quote: “I am very blessed. The Valley is full of people, but they do not annoy me. I revolve in pathless places and in higher rocks than the world and his ribbony wife can reach.”
John Muir Quote: “Like most other things not apparently useful to man, it has few friends, and the blind question, “Why was it made?” goes on and on with never a guess that first of all it might have been made for itself.”
John Muir Quote: “Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, inciting at once to work and rest! Days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God. Nevermore, however weary, should one faint by the way who gains the blessings of one mountain day; whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever.”
John Muir Quote: “It seems supernatural, but only because it is not understood.”
John Muir Quote: “Having escaped restraint, they were, like some people we know of, afraid of their freedom, did not know what to do with it, and seemed glad to get back into the old familiar bondage.”
John Muir Quote: “But the darkest scriptures of the mountains are illumined with bright passages of love that never fail to make themselves felt when one is alone. I.”
John Muir Quote: “What wonders lie in every mountain day!”
John Muir Quote: “The Big Tree is Nature’s forest masterpiece, and so far as I know, the greatest of living things.”
John Muir Quote: “Look! Nature is overflowing with the grandeur of God!”
John Muir Quote: “The moon is looking down into the canyon, and how marvelously the great rocks kindle to her light! Every dome, and brow, and swelling boss touched by her white rays, glows as if lighted with snow.”
John Muir Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world-the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.”
John Muir Quote: “The water in music the oar forsakes. The air in music the wing forsakes. All things in move in music and write it. The mouse, lizard, and grasshopper sing together on the Turlock sands, sing with the morning stars.”
John Muir Quote: “The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.”
John Muir Quote: “Ihave precious little sympathy for theselfish proprietyof civilized man, and if awarof racesshould occurbetween the wild beasts and Lord Man, I would be tempted to sympathise with the bears.”
John Muir Quote: “None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.”
John Muir Quote: “I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found.”
John Muir Quote: “Over the summit, I saw the so-called Mono desert lying dreamily silent in the thick, purple light – a desert of heavy sun-glare beheld from a desert of ice-burnished granite.”
John Muir Quote: “I am often asked if I am not lonely on my solitary excursions. It seems so self-evident that one cannot be lonesome where everything is wild and beautiful and busy and steeped with God that the question is hard to answer.”
John Muir Quote: “In the eternal youth of Nature, you may renew your own.”
John Muir Quote: “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 Quote: “All Nature’s wildness tells the same story: the shocks and outbursts of earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, roaring, thundering waves and floods, the silent uprush of sap in plants, storms of every sort, each and all, are the orderly, beauty-making love-beats of Nature’s heart.”
John Muir Quote: “Winds are advertisements of all they touch, however much or little we may be able to read them; telling their wanderings even by their scents alone.”
John Muir Quote: “Every atom in creation may be said to be acquainted with and married to every other, but with universal union there is a division sufficient in degree for the purposes of the most intense individuality.”
John Muir Quote: “Who has not felt the urge to throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence?”
John Muir Quote: “Everything in Nature called destruction must be creation-a change from beauty to beauty.”
John Muir Quote: “This time it is real – all must die, and where could mountaineer find a more glorious death!”
John Muir Quote: “How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation!”
John Muir Quote: “How lavish is Nature building, pulling down, creating, destroying, chasing every material particle from form to form, ever changing, ever beautiful.”
John Muir Quote: “Nature as a poet, an enthusiastic workingman, becomes more and more visible the farther and higher we go; for the mountains are fountains – beginning places, however related to sources beyond mortal ken.”
John Muir Quote: “To dine with a glacier on a sunny day is a glorious thing and makes common feast of meat and wine ridiculous. The glacier eats hills and sunbeams.”
John Muir Quote: “Government protection should be thrown around every wild grove and forest on the mountains, as it is around every private orchard, and the trees in public parks. To say nothing of their value as fountains of timber, they are worth infinitely more than all the gardens and parks of towns.”
John Muir Quote: “Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally.”
John Muir Quote: “No right way is easy in this rough world. We must risk our lives to save them.”
John Muir Quote: “All wilderness seems to be full of tricks and plans to drive and draw us up into God’s light.”
John Muir Quote: “If the Creator were to bestow a new set of senses upon us, or slightly remodel the present ones, leaving all the rest of nature unchanged, we should never doubt we were in another world, and so in strict reality we should be, just as if all the world besides our senses were changed.”
John Muir Quote: “Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds or the music of water written in river-lines?”
John Muir Quote: “Man is always and everywhere a blight on the landscape.”
John Muir Quote: “John Muir, Earth-planet, Universe.”
John Muir Quote: “In every country the mountains are fountains, not only of rivers but of men. Therefore we all are born mountaineers, the offspring of rock and sunshine.”
John Muir Quote: “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.”
John Muir Quote: “Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation? And what creature of all that the Lord has taken the pains to make is not essential to the completeness of that unit – the cosmos?”
John Muir Quote: “Memories may escape the action of the will, may sleep a long time, but when stirred by the right influence, though that influence be light as a shadow, they flash into full stature and life with everything in place.”
John Muir Quote: “God cannot save them from fools.”
John Muir Quote: “Men use care in purchasing a horse, and are neglectful in choosing friends.”
John Muir Quote: “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.”
John Muir Quote: “In the woods is perpetual youth.”
John Muir Quote: “Beauty beyond thought everywhere, beneath, above, made and being made forever.”
John Muir Quote: “I must return to the mountains-to Yosemite. I am told that the winter storms there will not be easily borne, but I am bewitched, enchanted, and tomorrow I must start for the great temple to listen to the winter songs and sermons preached and sung only there.”
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