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Quotations and Meditations of John Muir


  • Favorite Quotations - selected by Harold Wood
  • John Muir Misquoted - There are an increasing number of misquotes attributed to John Muir widely circulated on the Internet and even in published books. Learn how to tell the difference.
  • John Muir's Stance Against Anthropocentrism, Muir's thoughts compiled by Bron Taylor (off-site link)
  • "Damming Hetch Hetchy" , excerpt from Muir's Unpublished Journals, c. 1913.
  • "Man's Place in the Universe" , originally published in Muir's A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)
  • "Mountain Thoughts" , written by John Muir during the 1870s, collected by Linnie Marsh Wolfe in John of the Mountains (1938).
  • A Parable of Sauntering by Albert W. Palmer - Including a conversation with John Muir showing how Muir hated "hiking" - both the word and the thing. (excerpted from The Mountain Trail and Its Message (1911) .
  • Muir Quotes on Death (PDF) Through his many wilderness adventures, Muir had experiences around death which led him to an inner peace with death that is rare today. (off-site link)
  • Wild Wool by John Muir (1875) - Muir's argument that he has "never yet happened upon a trace of evidence that seemed to show that any one animal was ever made for another as much as it was made for itself," using wild vs. domestic sheep as a primary example.
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Writings of John Muir

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