10 John Muir Quotes That'll Inspire You to Explore America’s Great Outdoors
A leaf, a flower, a stone - the simple beauty of nature filled John Muir with joy.
Born April 21, 1838, Muir has become America's most famous naturalist and conservationist. He shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country's wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & King’s Canyon national parks -- earning him the nickname the Father of the National Parks. His passion for these special places fueled the formation of the National Park Service, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.
Muir’s words still inspire countless visitors to experience America’s great outdoors, and now’s the perfect time to get outside and start exploring your public lands. Visit all national parks for free during National Park Week from April 16-24. Get inspired with a few of our favorite John Muir quotes:
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.”
“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.”
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over.”
“The snow is melting into music.”
“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising.”