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#1. Ink cannot tell the glow that lights me at this moment in turning to the mountains. I feel strong [enough] to leap Yosemite walls at a bound. - Author: John Muir
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#2. Lie down among the pines for a while, then get to plain pure white love-work ... to help humanity and other mortals and the Lord. - Author: John Muir
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#3. And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul - Author: John Muir
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#4. Winds are advertisements of all they touch, however much or little we may be able to read them; telling their wanderings even by their scents alone. - Author: John Muir
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#5. Thus godlike sympathy grows and thrives and spreads far beyond the teachings of churches and schools, where too often the mean, blinding, loveless doctrine is taught that animals have no rights that we are bound to respect, and were only made for man, to be petted, spoiled, slaughtered or enslaved. - Author: John Muir
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#6. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself. - Author: John Muir
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#7. Going into the woods, is going home - Author: John Muir
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#8. Society doesn't need that everybody is behaving in the full normal way ... like people in a Buddhist monastery ... But eccentricity may also connect with the irrational. - Author: John Muir
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#9. I never saw a discontented tree. - Author: John Muir
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#10. We turned and sailed away, joining the outgoing bergs, while "gloria in excels is" still seemed to be sounding over all the white landscape, and our burning hearts were ready for any fate, feeling that whatever the future might have in store, the treasures we had gain would enrich our lives forever. - Author: John Muir
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#11. The radiance in some places is so great as to be fairly dazzling ... every crystal, every flower a window opening into heaven, a mirror reflecting the Creator. - Author: John Muir
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#12. I am very blessed. The Valley is full of people, but they do not annoy me. I revolve in pathless places and in higher rocks than the world and his ribbony wife can reach. - Author: John Muir
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#13. Surely all God's people, however serious or savage, great or small, like to play. Whales and elephants, dancing, humming gnats, and invisibly small mischievous microbes- all are warm with divine radium and must have lots of fun in them. - Author: John Muir
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#14. 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. - Author: John Muir
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#15. All wilderness seems to be full of tricks and plans to drive and draw us up into God's light. - Author: John Muir
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#16. Sequoia seeds have flat wings, and glint and glance in their flight like a boy's kite. - Author: John Muir
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#17. In God's wildness lies the hope of the world - the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware. - Author: John Muir
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#18. He had gone to the higher Sierras ... [about Ralph Waldo Emerson's death] - Author: John Muir
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#19. I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - Author: John Muir
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#20. When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you'll find its attached to everything else. - Author: John Muir
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#21. Large flocks of butterflies, all kinds of happy insects, seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness. - Author: John Muir
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#22. Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God. - Author: John Muir
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#23. Never while anything is left of me shall this ... camp be forgotten. It has fairly grown into me, not merely as memory pictures, but as part and parcel of mind and body alike. - Author: John Muir
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#24. All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world's wildernesses I first should wander. - Author: John Muir
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#25. I wandered away on a glorious botanical and geological excursion, which has lasted nearly fifty years and is not yet completed, always happy and free, poor and rich, without thought of a diploma or of making a name, urged on and on through endless, inspiring Godful beauty. - Author: John Muir
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#26. Sheep, like people, are ungovernable when hungry. - Author: John Muir
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#27. Government protection should be thrown around every wild grove and forest on the mountains, as it is around every private orchard, and the trees in public parks. To say nothing of their value as fountains of timber, they are worth infinitely more than all the gardens and parks of towns. - Author: John Muir
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#28. These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and, instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar. - Author: John Muir
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#29. Galen Clark was the best mountaineer I ever met, and one of the kindest and most amiable of all my mountain friends. - Author: John Muir
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#30. Take me into the mountains - Author: John Muir
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#31. Strange the faithless fuss made about taking a walk in the safest and pleasantest of all places, a wilderness. - Author: John Muir
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#32. Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life. - Author: John Muir
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#33. Wherever a Scotsman goes, here goes Burns. His grand whole, catholic soul squares with the good of all; therefore we find him in everything, everywhere. - Author: John Muir
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#34. Gigantic second and third growth trees are found in the redwoods, forming magnificent temple-like circles around charred ruins more than a thousand years old. - Author: John Muir
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#35. No right way is easy in this rough world. We must risk our lives to save them. - Author: John Muir
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#36. Every sight and sound inspiring, leading one far out of himself, yet feeding and building up his individuality. - Author: John Muir
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#37. This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. - Author: John Muir
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#38. The tide of visitors will float slowly about the bottom of the valley as harmless scum collecting in hotel and saloon eddies, leaving the rocks and falls eloquent as ever. - Author: John Muir
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#39. Going to the woods is going home. - Author: John Muir
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#40. A man, in his books, may be said to walk the earth a long time after he is gone. - Author: John Muir
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#41. Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. - Author: John Muir
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#42. As for the Mormons one meets, however their doctrines be regarded, they will be found as rich in human kindness as any people in all our broad land, while the dark memories that cloud their earlier history will vanish from the mind as completely as when we bathe in the fountain azure of the Sierra. - Author: John Muir
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#43. How lavish is Nature building, pulling down, creating, destroying, chasing every material particle from form to form, ever changing, ever beautiful. - Author: John Muir
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#44. 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. - Author: John Muir
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#45. The forests of America, however slighted by man, must have been a great delight to God; for they were the best he ever planted. The whole continent was a garden, and from the beginning, it seemed to be favored above all the other wild parks and gardens of the globe. - Author: John Muir
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#46. Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal. - Author: John Muir
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#47. Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. - Author: John Muir
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#48. The United States government has always been proud of the welcome it has extended to good men of every nation, seeking freedom and homes and bread. - Author: John Muir
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#49. Wherever we go in the mountains, we find more than we seek. - Author: John Muir
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#50. There is no estimating the wit and wisdom concealed and latent in our lower fellow mortals until made manifest by profound experiences; for it is through suffering that dogs as well as saints are developed and made perfect. - Author: John Muir
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#51. I bade adieu to mechanical inventions, determined to devote the rest of my life to the study of the inventions of God. - Author: John Muir
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#52. Yosemite Park ... 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. - Author: John Muir
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#53. 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. - Author: John Muir
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#54. Many of Nature's finest lessons are to be found in her storms, and if careful to keep in right relations with them, we may go safely abroad with them, rejoicing in the grandeur and beauty of their works and ways. - Author: John Muir
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#55. I have a low opinion of books: they are piles of stones set up to show coming travelers where other minds have been, or at best signal smokes to call attention ... - Author: John Muir
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#56. Bread without butter or coffee without milk is an awful calamity, as if everything before being put in our mouth must first be held under a cow. - Author: John Muir
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#57. Look! Nature is overflowing with the grandeur of God! - Author: John Muir
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#58. These beautiful days ... do not exist as mere pictures - maps hung upon the walls of memory to brighten at times when touched by association or will ... They saturate themselves into every part of the body and live always. - Author: John Muir
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#59. Every morning, arising from the death of sleep, the happy plants and all our fellow animal creatures great and small, and even the rocks, seemed to be shouting, Awake, awake, rejoice, rejoice, come love us and join in our song. Come! Come! - Author: John Muir
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#60. How infinitely superior to our physical senses are those of the mind! - Author: John Muir
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#61. Beetles and butterflies are sometimes restricted to small areas. Each mountain in a range, and even the different zones of a mountain, may have its own peculiar species. But the house-fly seems to be everywhere. I wonder if any island in mid-ocean is flyless. - Author: John Muir
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#62. The grand show is eternal
It is always sunrise somewhere - Author: John Muir
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#63. But to gain a perfect view, one must go yet further, over a curving brow to a slight shelf on the extreme brink. - Author: John Muir
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#64. John Muir, Earth - planet, Universe
[Muir's home address, as inscribed on the inside front cover of his first field journal] - Author: John Muir
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#65. See how God writes history. No technical knowledge is required; only a calm day and a calm mind. - Author: John Muir
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#66. Nature has always something rare to show us ... and the danger to life and limb is hardly greater than one would experience crouching deprecatingly beneath a roof. - Author: John Muir
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#67. In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. - Author: John Muir
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#68. I wish I knew where I was going. Doomed to be carried of the spirit into the wilderness, I suppose. I wish I could be more moderate in my desires, but I cannot, and so there is no rest. - Author: John Muir
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#69. I wonder if leaves feel lonely when they see their neighbors falling? - Author: John Muir
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#70. Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. - Author: John Muir
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#71. To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. - Author: John Muir
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#72. The moon is looking down into the canyon, and how marvelously the great rocks kindle to her light! Every dome, and brow, and swelling boss touched by her white rays, glows as if lighted with snow. - Author: John Muir
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#73. Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best. - Author: John Muir
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#74. When I discovered a new plant, I sat down beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance and hear what it had to tell ... I asked the boulders I met, whence they came and whither they were going. - Author: John Muir
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#75. Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm. - Author: John Muir
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#76. The water in music the oar forsakes. The air in music the wing forsakes. All things in move in music and write it. The mouse, lizard, and grasshopper sing together on the Turlock sands, sing with the morning stars. - Author: John Muir
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#77. While cares will drop off like autumn leaves. - Author: John Muir
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#78. The coniferous forests of the Yosemite Park, and of the Sierra in general, surpass all others of their kind in America, or indeed the world, not only in the size and beauty of the trees, but in the number of species assembled together, and the grandeur of the mountains they are growing on. - Author: John Muir
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#79. How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation! - Author: John Muir
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#80. C. albus ... I think the very loveliest of all the lily family,- a spotless soul, plant saint, that every one must love and so be made better. It puts the wildest mountaineer on his good behavior. With this plant the whole world would seem rich though non other existed. - Author: John Muir
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#81. So extraordinary is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees ... - Author: John Muir
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#82. Wilderness is a necessity ... They will see what I meant in time. There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls. Food and drink is not all. There is the spiritual. In some it is only a germ, of course, but the germ will grow. - Author: John Muir
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#83. Longing for the mountains - Author: John Muir
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#84. One should go to the woods for safety, if for nothing else. - Author: John Muir
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#85. Over the summit, I saw the so-called Mono desert lying dreamily silent in the thick, purple light
a desert of heavy sun-glare beheld from a desert of ice-burnished granite. - Author: John Muir
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#86. 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. - Author: John Muir
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#87. How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! - Author: John Muir
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#88. In the woods is perpetual youth. - Author: John Muir
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#89. Good luck and Good work for the happy mountain raindrops, each one of them a high waterfall in itself, descending from the cliffs and hollows of the clouds to the cliffs and hollows of the rocks, out of the sky-thunder into the thunder of the falling rivers. - Author: John Muir
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#90. I am learning to live close to the lives of my friends without ever seeing them. No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine. - Author: John Muir
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#91. In the eternal youth of Nature, you may renew your own. - Author: John Muir
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#92. Keep in view the common good of the people for all time. - Author: John Muir
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#93. 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. - Author: John Muir
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#94. Storms of every sort, torrents, earthquakes, cataclysms, 'convulsions of nature,' etc., however mysterious and lawless at first sight they may seem, are only harmonious notes in the song of creation, varied expressions of God's love. - Author: John Muir
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#95. Go where we will, all the world over, we seem to have been there before. - Author: John Muir
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#96. Keep close to Nature's heart, yourself; and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean...

[John Muir to Samuel Hall Young] - Author: Samuel Hall Young
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#97. There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords. - Author: John Muir
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#98. The blessings of one mountain day, whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever. - Author: John Muir
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#99. But we are governed more than we know, and most when we are wildest. - Author: John Muir
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#100. But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life ... as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures ... - Author: John Muir
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