Best 30 John Muir Quotes to Deepen the Spiritual Relationship to Nature

“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

“Anyhow we never know where we must go, nor what guides we are to get—people, storms, guardian angels, or sheep….” – John Muir

“As for the Mormons one meets, however their doctrines be regarded, they will be found as rich in human kindness as any people in all our broad land, while the dark memories that cloud their earlier history will vanish from the mind as completely as when we bathe in the fountain azure of the Sierra.” – John Muir

“As if nothing that does not obviously make for the benefit of man had any right to exist; as if our ways were God’s ways” – John Muir

“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

“As we sat by the camp-fire the brightness of the sky brought on a long talk with the Indians about the stars; and their eager childlike attention was refreshing to see as compared with the decent, deathlike apathy of weary civilized people, in whom natural curiosity has been quenched in toil and care and poor, shallow comfort.” – John Muir

“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

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

“But I had been so lectured by my father above all things to avoid praise that I was afraid to read those kind newspaper notices, and never clipped out or preserved any of them, just glanced at them and turned away my eyes from beholding vanity.” – John Muir

“But it is in the darkest nights, when storms are blowing and the agitated waves are phosphorescent, that the most impressive displays are made.” – John Muir

“But no punishment, however sure and severe, was of any avail against the attraction of the fields and woods. It had other uses, developing memory, etc., but in keeping us at home it was of no use at all.” – John Muir

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

“One should go to the woods for safety, if for nothing else.” – John Muir

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.” – John Muir

“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself, whether recognized or not, and however covered by cares and duties” – John Muir

“Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.” – John Muir

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

“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

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

“In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars.” – John Muir

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find 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

“The battle for conservation must go on endlessly. It is part of the universal warfare between right and wrong.” – John Muir

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

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

“The deeper the solitude, the less the sense of loneliness, and the nearer our friends.” – John Muir

“Nothing truly wild is unclean.” – John Muir

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

“But we are governed more than we know, and most when we are wildest.” – John Muir

“…I think the very loveliest of all the lily family,- a spotless soul, plant saint, that every one must love and so be made better. It puts the wildest mountaineer on his good behavior. With this plant the whole world would seem rich though non other existed.” – John Muir

“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

25 Top Nature Quotes from John Muir

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