Everybody needs beauty as well as bread…

To me, one of the most awe-inspiring personalities of all times became John Muir (1838 - 1914), right after I stumbled upon his nature conservation efforts and literary works in March of 2014.

I have a feeling there's not all that many people out there who know about Muir and appreciate his contribution to preservation of this country's most valuable treasures, hence, I intend to devote some of my time and some space on this site to express my gratitude for one of the most devoted daydreamers of all times.

John Muir in the mountains

​Image above: Now PD photo of the Scottish born American conservationist, author, naturalist, and one of the first modern environmentalists, John Muir, was Taken by Professor Francis M. Fritz in 1907

One of Muir's most famous quotations is:

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.

John Muir
American conservationist

American president Theodore Roosevelt and nature preservationist John Muir on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Image above: PD photo of American president Theodore Roosevelt and nature preservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, standing on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, was taken in 1906. In the background Upper and lower Yosemite Falls can be seen.

As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can

John Muir
Nature preservationist                 

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.

John Muir
A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

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

John Muir
Nature preservationist                 

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Annie Marie Peters says

Excellent John Muir quote. Bread will sustain us, but beauty keeps us inspired. This man had a truly wonderful understanding and appreciation for life. It’s so nice, Daria, that you are bringing attention to his work!

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