John Muir

1838 - 1914

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 beauty, nature, exploration, earth, awareness, and discovery

Fresh beauty opens one's eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common every-day beauty.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on forests, wildnerness, land, mountains, woods, nature, and environment

Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on nature, pleasure, mountains, earth, environment, land, and freedom

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. 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 off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on nature, life, living, air, and breathing

Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on nature, beauty, needs, soul, life, play, and prayer

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 alike.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on nature, eden, beauty, universe, earth, and environment

I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have discovered that I also live in "creation's dawn." The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on civilization, understanding, wilderness, nature, earth, and environment

No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in a way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains as to wilderness, as that which declares that the world was made especially for the uses of men. Every animal, plant, and crystal controverts it in the plainest terms. Yet it is taught from century to century as something ever new and precious, and in the resulting darkness the enormous conceit is allowed to go unchallenged.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on wildness, nature, hope, future, healing, and civilization

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 (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on silence, loneliness, alone, travel, wilderness, nature, and earth

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 (1838 - 1914)

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