40 John Muir Quotes to Inspire You

John Muir in 1902If these John Muir quotes don’t get you fired up to enjoy nature, I’m not sure what will. If you’re not familiar with him, known as the “Father of the National Parks”, his life was greatly influential on modern day environmental conservation.

Muir’s essays and books have been read by millions and his activism has helped preserve the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park.

It really makes his quotes even more impactful as the man walked the walk. Below are his hiking quotes.

“None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” – John Muir

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

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

“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.” – John Muir

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

“There is a love of wild Nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love ever showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.” – John Muir

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”- John Muir

Yosemite National Park where Muir spent a lot of time at and effort in conservation.

“Yosemite Park is a place of rest… None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” – John Muir

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.” – John Muir

“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” – 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

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

“Wherever we go in the mountains, we find more than we seek.” – John Muir

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

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

“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.” – John Muir

Beautiful sunset at Sequoia National Park

“Man seems to be the only animal whose food soils him, making necessary much washing and shield-like bibs and napkins. Moles living in the earth and eating slimy worms are yet as clean as seals or fishes, whose lives are one perpetual wash.” – John Muir

“From the dust of the earth, from the common elementary fund, the Creator has made Homo sapiens. From the same material he has made every other creature, however noxious and insignificant to us. They are earth-born companions and our fellow mortals.” – John Muir

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour 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

“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness. Heaven knows that John the Baptist was not more eager to get all his fellow sinners into the Jordan than I to baptize all of mine in the beauty of God’s mountains.” – John Muir

“How terribly downright must be the utterances of storms and earthquakes to those accustomed to the soft hypocrisies of society.” – John Muir

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised 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

“Rocks and waters, etc., are words of God, and so are men. We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love.” – John Muir

“The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains – mountain dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature’s workshops.” – John Muir

“One of the best ways to see tree flowers is to climb one of the tallest trees and to get into close, tingling touch with them, and then look broad.” – John Muir

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

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

“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.” – John Muir

“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

Half Dome at Yosemite National Park

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

“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.” – John Muir

“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

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

“Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts…” – John Muir

“Yet how hard most people work for mere dust and ashes and care, taking no thought of growing in knowledge and grace, never having time to get in sight of their own ignorance.” ― John Muir

“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” – John Muir

“When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.” ― John Muir

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

“I have never yet happened upon a trace of evidence that seemed to show that any one animal was ever made for another as much as it was made for itself.”― John Muir

All of these hiking quotes can be a lot to digest

I find myself coming back to these John Muir quotes because they are truly inspirational. Also, they’re a lot to truly understand and each one is worth thinking about individually, which takes some time.

I hope they’ve been as inspirational for you as they have been for me.


Wikipedia – very interesting read




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