John Muir

1838 - 1914

A Quote by John Muir on circle, consciousness, nature, self, spirit, and unity

To lovers of the wild, these mountains are not a hundred miles away.  Their spiritual power and the goodness of the sky make them near, as a circle of friends. ... You cannot feel yourself out of doors; plain, sky, and mountains ray beauty which you feel.  You bathe in these spirit-beams, turning round and round, as if warming at a camp-fire.  Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence: you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

Source: A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

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A Quote by John Muir on risk, difficulty, hardship, life, and suffering

No right way is easy in this rough world. We must risk our lives to save them.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on life, eternity, universe, earth, and environment

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. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on walking, outside, spirituality, nature, and spiritual

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 (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on world, environment, connection, relationship, interconnectedness, interconnection, separation, and unity

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 (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on nature, wholeness, unity, and interconnection

There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on wit, wisdom, experience, suffering, and perfection

There is no estimating the wit and wisdom concealed and latent in our lower fellow mortals until made manifest by profound experiences; for it is through suffering that dogs as well as saints are developed and made perfect.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on death, exploration, dying, happiness, gratitude, and life

I never have held death in contempt, though in the course of my explorations I have oftentimes felt that to meet one's fate on a noble mountain, or in the heart of a glacier, would be blessed as compared with death from disease, or from some shabby lowland accident. But the best death, quick and crystal-pure, set so glaringly open before us, is hard enough to face, even though we feel gratefully sure that we have already had happiness enough for a dozen lives.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on play and life

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Surely all God's people, however serious or savage, great or small, like to play. Whales and elephants, dancing, humming gnats, and invisibly small mischievous microbes— all are warm with divine radium and must have lots of fun in them.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on earth, environment, interconnection, wholeness, unity, beauty, and universe

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 (1838 - 1914)

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