John Muir Quotes
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings."
"There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords."
"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."
"The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual."
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!"
"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
"I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do."
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease."
"We all travel the milky way together, trees and men... trees are travellers, in the ordinary sense. They make journeys, not very extensive ones, it is true: but our own little comes and goes are only little more than tree-wavings - many of them not so much."
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
"Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest."
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
"Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!"
"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."
"Tug on anything at all and you'll find it connected to everything else in the universe."
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."
"Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder, not the stormy torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries."
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