"The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Muir on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Muir on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."John Muir on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Muir on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Muir on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."