John Muir, c. 1917 from a photograph copyrighted in 1909 by Orlando Rouland, Oil on canvas
John Muir

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Born: April 21, 1838
Dunbar, East Lothian,Scotland

Died: December 24, 1914 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California




The mountains are calling and I must go.

Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds or the music of water written in river-lines?

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

Elsewhere on the Web

John Muir Birthplace

John Muir Way (Scotland)
John Muir Way set to generate £40m for communities after opening to the public

John Muir Trail (california)


May 2014 John Muir Conference, Perth, Scotland

2014 marks the centenary of Muir’s death. In honor of this truly influential Scots born figure and as part of Homecoming celebrations, Scotland’s National Parks and conservation bodies have come together to create a one-off conference that will explore our approaches to managing protected areas and national parks in the UK.

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