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John Muir
April 21, 1838 - December 24, 1914
Nationality: American
Category: Environmentalist
Subcategory: American Environmentalist

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 power of imagination makes us infinite.


The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.


The mountains are calling and I must go.


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!


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.


In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.


To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.


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.


One may as well dam for water tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man.


Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.


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.


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.


The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.


There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.


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.


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.


How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!


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