John Muir Quotes To Live By
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 is revered among outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, sportsmen, and tree-huggers of all kinds. Rightfully so because, perhaps more than any other person, we have John Muir to thank for much of the pristine nature we continue to enjoy to this day. He’s known as the “Father of the National Parks,” he founded the Sierra Club, and he brought environmental issues into the national debate during the industrial age. Trails, beaches, mountains, glaciers, colleges, and national monuments have all been named after him. He taught us so much about what is means to simply be a part of this world and how…
TO BE MINDFUL
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.
The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it. …So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for.
How many hearts with warm red blood in them are beating under cover of the woods, and how many teeth and eyes are shining! A multitude of animal people, intimately related to us, but of whose lives we know almost nothing, are as busy about their own affairs as we are about ours.
TO RETURN HOME
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.
When one is alone at night in the depths of these woods, the stillness is at once awful and sublime. Every leaf seems to speak.
Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.
The wrongs done to trees, wrongs of every sort, are done in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, for when the light comes, the heart of the people is always right.
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