When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. – John Muir
All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land or down among the crystals of waves or high in a balloon in the sky; through all the climates, hot or cold, storms and calms, everywhere and always we are in God’s eternal beauty and love. So universally true is this, the spot where we chance to be always seems the best.
– John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938) page 299.
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
– Muir quoted by Samuel Hall Young in Alaska Days with John Muir (1915) chapter 7
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
– Travels in Alaska by John Muir, 1915, chapter 1, page 5.