Awesome Quotes by John Muir - on Walking

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Hiker in Mt Britton el yunque PR
  • “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
  • “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
  • “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
  • “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
  • Going to the mountains is going home.”
  • “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”
  • “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
  • “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
  • “The world's big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”
  • “The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.”
    ― John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf,
  • Raul's note - I really recommend that we all read the above book. The last chapter is a marvel when he falls in LOVE with Yosemite.
  • “I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news”
  • “The sun shines not on us but in us.
  • “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".

La Mina falls El Yunque



  • 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, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf
  • “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.”
  • Going to the woods is going home.”

Jose and Miguel on Tradewinds El Yuqnue


  • “Most people are on the world, not in it — have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them — undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.”
  • There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties”

Explorer dog Firo in El Yunque