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One learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation; that mountains long conceived are now being born, channels traced for coming rivers, basins hollowed for lakes... John Muir
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The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love. John Muir
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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
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Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. John Muir
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Our lives are rounded with a sleep. John Muir
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The bat-tle we have fought, and are still fight-ing for the forests is a part of the eter-nal con-flict between right and wrong, and we can-not expect to see the end of it. ...So we must count on watch-ing and striv-ing for these trees, and should always be glad to find any-thing so surely good and noble to strive for. John Muir
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How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over. The highest peaks burned like islands in a sea of liquid shade. Then the lower peaks and spires caught the glow, and long lances of light, streaming through many a notch and pass, fell thick on the frozen meadows. John Muir
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The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes, their written language is too difficult for human minds, and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears. John Muir
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They tell us that plants are not like man immortal, but are perishable-soul -less. I think that is something that we know exactly nothing about. John Muir
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No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in a way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains as to wilderness, as that which declares that the world was made especially for the uses of men. Every animal, plant, and crystal controverts it in the plainest terms. Yet it is taught from century to century as something ever new and precious, and in the resulting darkness the enormous conceit is allowed to go unchallenged. John Muir
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Do behold the king in his glory, King Sequoia. Behold! Behold! seems all I can say.... Well may I fast, not from bread but from business, bookmaking, duty doing & other trifles.... I'm in the woods woods woods, & they are in mee-ee-ee.... I wish I were wilder & so bless Sequoia I will be. John Muir
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No words will ever describe the exquisite beauty and charm of this mountain park - Nature's landscape garden at once tenderly beautiful and sublime. No wonder it draws nature-lovers from all over the world. John Muir
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Some people miss flesh as a drunkard misses his dram... John Muir
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It may not be easy, life isn't easy, but dreams keep you alive. John Muir
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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir
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I like to walk, touch living Mother Earth-bare feet best, and thrill every step. Used to envy happy reptiles that had advantage of so much body in contact with earth, bosom to bosom. [We] live with our heels as well as head and most of our pleasure comes in that way. John Muir
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...full of God's thoughts, a place of peace and safety amid the most exalted grandeur and enthusiastic action, a new song, a place of beginnings abounding in first lessons of life, mountain building, eternal, invincible, unbreakable order; with sermons in stone, storms, trees, flowers, and animals brimful with humanity. John Muir
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Long, blue, spiky-edged shadows crept out across the snow-fields, while a rosy glow, at first scarce discernible, gradually deepened and suffused every mountain-top, flushing the glaciers and the harsh crags above them. This was the alpenglow, to me the most impressive of all the terrestrial manifestations of God. At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed. John Muir
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A lifetime is so little a time that we die before we get ready to live. I should like to study at a college, but then I have to say to myself: "You will die before you can do anything else". John Muir
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This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. John Muir
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When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir
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I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. John Muir
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How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation! John Muir
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I always befriended animals and have said many a good word for them. Even to the least-loved mosquitoes I gave many a meal, and told them to go in peace. John Muir
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To the sane and free it will hardly seem necessary to cross the continent in search of wild beauty, however easy the way, for they find it in abundance wherever they chance to be. John Muir
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Not blind opposition to progress,but opposition to blind progress... John Muir
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The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir
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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. John Muir
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God has to nearly kill us sometimes, to teach us lessons. John Muir
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Writing is like the life of a glacier; one eternal grind. John Muir
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Bears are made of the same dust as we, and they breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear's days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart pulsing like ours. He was poured from the same first fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy Heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality. His life, not long, not short, knows no beginning , no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal eternity. John Muir
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None of Nature's landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild. John Muir
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Although I was four years at the University [of Wisconsin], I did not take the regular course of studies, but instead picked out what I thought would be most useful to me, particularly chemistry, which opened a new world, mathematics and physics, a little Greek and Latin, botany and and geology. I was far from satisfied with what I had learned, and should have stayed longer. John Muir
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The forests of America, however slighted by man, must have been a great delight to God; for they were the best he ever planted. John Muir
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Look up and down and round about you.! John Muir
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Fresh beauty opens one's eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common every-day beauty. John Muir
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Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity... John Muir
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One can make a day of any size John Muir
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Man is always and everywhere a blight on the landscape. John Muir
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Wander here a whole summer, if you can ... Thousands of wild blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted John Muir
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Hiking - I don't like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not hike! Do you know the origin of that word 'saunter?' It's a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, "A la sainte terre,' 'To the Holy Land.' And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not 'hike' through them." John Muir
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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 Muir
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Wilderness is a necessity... there must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls... John Muir
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Winds are advertisements of all they touch, however much or little we may be able to read them; telling their wanderings even by their scents alone. John Muir
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Large flocks of butterflies, all kinds of happy insects, seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness. John Muir
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Man and other civilized animals are the only creatures that ever become dirty. John Muir
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Perhaps the profession of doing good may be full, but every body should be kind at least to himself. Take a course of good water and air, and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. Some have strange, morbid fears as soon as they find themselves with Nature, even in the kindest and wildest of her solitudes, like very sick children afraid of their mother-as if God were dead and the devil were king. John Muir
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I have a low opinion of books: they are piles of stones set up to show coming travelers where other minds have been, or at best signal smokes to call attention... John Muir
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As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. John Muir
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Never while anything is left of me shall this... camp be forgotten. It has fairly grown into me, not merely as memory pictures, but as part and parcel of mind and body alike. John Muir
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You know that I have not lagged behind in the work of exploring our grand wilderness, and in calling everybody to come and enjoy the thousand blessings they have to offer. John Muir
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Winds are advertisements of all they touch, however much or little we may be able to read them; telling their wanderings ever by their accents alone. John Muir
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This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. John Muir
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Memories may escape the action of the will, may sleep a long time, but when stirred by the right influence, though that influence be light as a shadow, they flash into full stature and life with everything in place. John Muir
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The axe and saw are insanely busy, chips are flying thick as snowflakes, and every summer thousands of acres of priceless forests, with their underbrush, soil, springs, climate, scenery, and religion, are vanishing away in clouds of smoke, while, except in the national parks, not one forest guard is employed. John Muir
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What is worthwhile in life? I think it is worth living and dreaming. If you don't you may be dead anyhow - inside. John Muir
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Nothing truly wild is unclean. John Muir
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I'd rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in church thinking about the mountains. John Muir
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God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild. John Muir
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Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings. John Muir
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Over the summit, I saw the so-called Mono desert lying dreamily silent in the thick, purple light - a desert of heavy sun-glare beheld from a desert of ice-burnished granite. John Muir
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The last days of this glacial winter are not yet past; we live in 'creation's dawn.' The morning stars still sing together, and the world, though made, is still being made and becoming more beautiful every day. John Muir
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The wrongs done to trees, wrongs of every sort, are done in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, for when the light comes, the heart of the people is always right. John Muir
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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. John Muir
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In every country the mountains are fountains, not only of rivers but of men. Therefore we all are born mountaineers, the offspring of rock and sunshine. John Muir
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Man has injured every animal he has touched. John Muir
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I've had a great time in South America and South Africa. Indeed it now seems that on this pair of wild hot continents I've enjoyed the most fruitful year of my life. John Muir
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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir
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The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual. John Muir
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Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. John Muir
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