Muir Is the Man: John Muir Quotes and Mountain Musings

We've seen a resurgence. We have an open invitation to take back the great wide open. Hashtags and cooperatives. Clothing companies and gear. Beards, flannels and nature photography.

It's exciting. People are looking up from their phones and stepping out into the wild. 

And I'm thankful for guys like John Muir. Who knows what wild might remain had it not been for his adoration and evangelism for all things outdoors? Yosemite and the John Muir Trail are a testament to his efforts. Even my dad and sister are gearing up to spend some time in his tracks.

And my hope is that this yearning for a culture's wide exploration only continues to grow. I can't put it as elegant as Muir, but I echo his mantra. The more time I spend out there, the more I learn about myself. The more I gain perspective. The more I feel renewed. 

There's cadence to a day well spent outside. From the careful arrival of the morning sun and an orchestra of life brought to cheer, the flesh of Earth graced one glorious, golden kiss to the crackling whisper of an open flame that licks the moon, this life we have is better when we look outside our screens.

I, too, know the love he shared for it all.

But don't take it from me. Muir is the man.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks
— Muir
The mountains are calling and I must go.
— John Muir
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.
— John Muir
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.
— John Muir
Going to the mountains is going home.
— John Muir
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
Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.
— John Muir
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
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 death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights.
— John Muir
The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
— John Muir

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