6 Perfect John Muir Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust
How did a Scottish immigrant, fascinated by the natural world and the wild beauty of his new home in America, become synonymous with preservation?
How did one man, who was an eternally-curious student of the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, become America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist?
The answers are immortalized in John Muir’s writing; in the words he penned while experiencing the splendor and healing power of the wilderness; in the timeless truths he shared.
He described the indescribable.
He ignited a movement.
Muir’s lyricism with words and his contagious enthusiasm for nature propelled the revolutionary concept of environmentalism into the mainstream consciousness of American society.
His legacy is intertwined with the history of our national parks and with the creation of a National Park System. And though he died two years before the establishment of the National Park Service, his influence and advocacy for wilderness preservation will forever be credited for inspiring others to set aside the places they loved and cared about for the enjoyment of the people – all people.
Join us in celebrating the next century of the National Park Service by taking a look back at some of the quotes that sparked the imagination of travelers, business magnates, and politicians alike.
Read Muir’s enduring truths and be moved to get out there and find your park.
“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.”
“The snow is melting into music.”
“Come to the woods, for here is rest.”
“Going to the mountains is going home.”
“There is a love of wild nature in everybody.”
“I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found.”
There is an undeniable reason John Muir’s words still resonate so poignantly and powerfully today. The truth in his writing moves in us the primal need to connect with nature. It inspires us to seek that which is greater than ourselves.
Which John Muir quote invigorates your sense of adventure and wanderlust?
Now that you’re ready to get out and find your park, check out our free Owner's Guide series for inspiration on where to go next.
Photo credit: Muir image, courtesy of Library of Congress