quote by John Muir

As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.

— John Muir

Competitive Yosemite quotations

There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

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God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.

While cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.

In God's wildness lies the hope of the world.

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.

Yosemite Park... None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.

Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings.

But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite.

Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life...as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures.

In God's wildness lies the hope of the world-the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.

Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society.

No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite.

I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite.

A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.

I began taking pictures in the natural world to be able to show people what I was experiencing when I climbed and explored in Yosemite in the High Sierra.

I must return to the mountains-to Yosemite.

I am told that the winter storms there will not be easily borne, but I am bewitched, enchanted, and tomorrow I must start for the great temple to listen to the winter songs and sermons preached and sung only there.

Most people are on the world, not in it-- having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them-- undiffused seporate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but seporate.

What they [Jim deMint and the oil lobby] do care about is the precedent.

If they open up ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), they'll think they can do anything to the environment - anything at all. Drilling in Yosemite? In the Grand Canyon? What's next?

The great rocks of Yosemite, expressing qualities of timeless yet intimate grandeur, are the most compelling formations of their kind. We should not casually pass them by, for they are the very heart of the earth speaking to us.

My mama didn't see it comin, my daddy was there.

What's my excuse? Cartoons were the root. Started with Yosemite Sam With the gun in the palm of the hand, What couldn't I demand?

I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was.

There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.

When I was about fifteen, I went to work at Yosemite National Park.

It changed me forever. Nature had carved its own sculpture, and I was part of it, not the other way around.

The battle we have fought, and are still fighting, for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong.

The future of Yosemite climbing lies not in Yosemite, but in using the new techniques in the great granite ranges of the world.

You might be a redneck if your kids are going hungry tonight because you just had to have those Yosemite Sam mud flaps.

Most people are on the world, not in it.

One day's exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.

Ink cannot tell the glow that lights me at this moment in turning to the mountains. I feel strong [enough] to leap Yosemite walls at a bound.

A perfect day would be to get into the car, drive out to Yosemite and go camping.

Seven years ago, when I started free soloing long, hard routes in Yosemite - climbing without a rope, gear or a partner - I did it because it seemed like the purest, most elegant way to scale big walls. Climbing, especially soloing, felt like a grand adventure, but I never dreamed it could be a profession.

I am free to confess that I am disappointed with the Yosemite valley.

It seems only about one-half as grand as the American Fork canyon.

I took a workshop from him a few months after that.

That experience changed my whole approach to photography. At that workshop in Yosemite in 1973 I decided I wanted to try and see if I could pursue this for myself, and I'm still trying.