Words by John Muir

Christine Mitchell Adams April 21, 2015

image via PBS

To celebrate John Muir's birthday, we've gathered a few of our favorite quotes of his. Muir's words have often inspired us to protect and appreciate our natural surroundings. Today, we're feeling especially fortunate to live and work in Vermont - a state where nature and land is highly valued.  

"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 alike." The Yosemite, (1912)

"None of Nature's landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild." Our National Parks, (1901)

"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and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938)

"I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found."John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938)

"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 John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938)

"Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish." The National Parks and Forest Reservations (Proceedings of the Meeting of the Sierra Club Held November 23, 1895.)

But don't take our word for it, (or John Muir's for that matter). Get out there and take a walk, and stay 'til sundown, or well after! #livemajor

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