6 John Muir Quotes to Inspire Your Next Adventure


John Muir is one of my favorite nature writers, and someone whose work speaks to my soul. If you haven't heard of him, Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist and author who lived from 1838-1914 and wrote over 300 articles and 12 books focusing heavily on his time spent in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. There are numerous trails, parks, and sites named after him all across the country, and he was instrumental in the creation of National Parks. In fact, he is even referred to as the ‘Father of National Parks!’

Like John Muir, I feel most like myself in nature, surrounded by forests and mountains and streams, and I draw inspiration from these natural subjects for my jewelry. I’m sharing a few quotes from John Muir with you today in hopes that you find them as inspiring as I do, no matter your location.

“As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” ― John Muir

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir, The Mountains of California

“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.” ― John Muir, Our National Parks

“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.” ― John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

“Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” ― John Muir

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” ― John Muir

 Just reading those quotes makes me want to wander outside and find the nearest mountain to climb! Are you inspired for your next adventure? Come say hi over on Instagram and let me know where you’d like to wander to next!

1 comment

  • I feel the same way….love our time at our cabin in the mountains!

    Ann Cargile

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