John Muir (21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914) was a Scottish-born American Author, naturalist and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. Muir studied botany and geology at the University of Wisconsin and had a natural flair for inventions.
In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Muir’s three-night camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 could be considered the most significant camping trip in conservation history. The trip would have a lasting impact on the president. Today is John Muir referred to as the “Father of the National Parks”.
Muir’s writings are commonly discussed in books and journals, and he is often quoted in books. Some of John Muir Quotes are known very well.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. John Muir Quotes
The power of imagination makes us infinite. John Muir Quotes
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.
Muir died of pneumonia in a Los Angeles hospital in January, 1914. It was a unexpectedly prosaic end for a man who had repeatedly faced death on rocky crags and icy glaciers, who braved Alaskan storms with a crust of bread in his pocket. In the years since, his legend has grown. In 1976, the Calfiornia Historical Society voted him “The Greatest Californian.” The U.S. Geological Survey has suggested an even greater mark of his fame. In their guidelines on naming mountains and lakes after individuals, it gives Muir as the example of someone who has had so many things named for him already that they would not be likely to approve any further such commemorations.
But perhaps the greatest tribute ever given to Muir took place in a private conversion between two great contemporary mountaineers. Galen Rowell once asked Rheinhold Messner why the greatest mountains and valleys of the Alps are so highly developed, why they have hotels, funicular railways, and veritable cities washing up against sites that, in America, are maintained relatively unencumbered by development. Messner explained the difference in three words. He said, “You had Muir.”