6 Perfect John Muir Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Rocío LowerNPF Blog
— Library of Congress

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.”

John Muir quote "Another glorious day the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue" over a picture of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

“The snow is melting into music.”

John Muir Quote "The snow is melting into music" over an image of North Cascades National Park

“Come to the woods, for here is rest.”

John Muir quote "Come to the woods for here is rest" over an image of Shenandoah National Park

“Going to the mountains is going home.”

John Muir quote "Going to the mountains is going home" over a picture of Grand Teton National Park

“There is a love of wild nature in everybody.”

John Muir quote "There is a love of wild nature is everybody" over an image of Rocky Mountain National Park

“I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found.”

John Muir quote "Our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air" over an image of Mount Rainier National Park

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.


Can one purchase these images as posters to help support NPS???
What a great idea!!!! I'd buy one of each.
Want to purchase a poster
I would love to have these quotes as posters
Changed my life ; made me a hiker and much more...
My favorite John Muir quote: "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread' places to play and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body & soul."
Mine too!
I agree - Would love to purchase these posters and support NPF!!
"When you try to look at a thing by itself, you find it hitched to the entire universe." John Muir ( small sign on the Misty Trail in Yosemite )
My favorite quote is “When we try to pick out anything in nature by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
I too would love to purchase the John Muir quote posters
thanks for the education & the beautiful pictures & the inspirational sayings of John Muir.
My dad gave me "happy feet" while a friend of mine continues to inspire me to do more each day to assure that our earth still has such places to rest.
I want to buy these posters. How can I do this?
"And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul".
On a t-shirt I wear often. "The mountains are calling and I must go."
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
Another Muir quote: “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” My dad gave me that quote with some artwork. He worked for the National Park Service for 30 yrs.
I would love to purchase the posters as well!

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