John Muir is was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by millions.
John Muir Short Bio
Date of Birth
April 21, 1838
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
December 24, 1914, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Louisa Strentzel (m. 1880–1905)
Engineer, naturalist, philosopher, writer, botanist, geologist, environmentalist
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John Muir Nature Writings
Famous John Muir Quotes
#1- How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
#2- The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
#3- There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart lords.
#4- The practical importance of the preservation of our forests is augmented by their relations to climate, soil and streams.
#5- 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.
#6- When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
#7- 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.
#8- The power of imagination makes us infinite.
#9- In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
#10- 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.
#11- When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
#12- 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.
#13- To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.
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