The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
The making of gardens and parks goes on with civilization all over the world, and they increase both in size and number as their value is recognized. Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike....
Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.
Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death. … Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that...
Men use care in purchasing a horse, and are neglectful in choosing friends
The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. ‘
To some, beauty seems but an accident of creation: to Muir it was the very smile of God.
If for a moment you are inclined to regard these taluses as mere draggled, chaotic dumps, climb to the top of one of them, and run down without any haggling, puttering hesitation, boldly jumping from boulder to boulder with even speed. You will then find your feet playing a tune, and quickly discover the music...
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it … So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely...
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.