Zitate von John Muir
Geburtstag: 21. April 1838
Todesdatum: 24. Dezember 1914
John Muir [ˈmjʊər] war ein schottisch-US-amerikanischer Naturphilosoph und Autodidakt.
Er betätigte sich als Naturalist, Entdecker, Schriftsteller, Erfinder, Ingenieur und Geologe.
John Muir entwickelte sich im Laufe seines Lebens vom Naturforscher mehr und mehr zum Naturschützer und nahm dabei viele der Ideen der heutigen Öko- und Tierrechtsbewegung vorweg. Er war Mitgründer des Sierra Clubs, der ältesten und größten Naturschutzorganisation in den Vereinigten Staaten. Sein offizielles botanisches Autorenkürzel lautet „J.Muir“.
Zitate John Muir
„We turned and sailed away, joining the outgoing bergs, while "gloria in excels is" still seemed to be sounding over all the white landscape, and our burning hearts were ready for any fate, feeling that whatever the future might have in store, the treasures we had gain would enrich our lives forever.“
— John Muir, Wilderness Essays
„C. albus... I think the very loveliest of all the lily family,- a spotless soul, plant saint, that every one must love and so be made better. It puts the wildest mountaineer on his good behavior. With this plant the whole world would seem rich though non other existed.“
— John Muir, Our National Parks
„Here are the roots of all the life of the valleys, and here more simply than elsewhere is the eternal flux of nature manifested.“
— John Muir, The Mountains of California [with Biographical Introduction]
„Surely a better time must be drawing nigh when godlike human beings will become truly humane, and learn to put their animal fellow mortals in their hearts instead of on their backs or in their dinners. In the mean time we may just as well as not learn to live clean, innocent lives instead of slimy, bloody ones.“
— John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra
„The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.“
„On the food question father insisted that those who argued for a vegetable diet were in the right... He therefore promptly adopted a vegetable diet and requested mother to make the bread from graham flour instead of bolted flour. Mother put both kinds on the table... and while father was insisting on the foolishness of eating flesh, I came to her help by calling father's attention to the passage in the Bible which told the story of Elijah the prophet who, when he was pursued by enemies who wanted to take his life, was hidden by the Lord by the brook Cherith, and fed by Ravens; and surely the Lord knew what was good to eat, whether bread or meat. And on what, I asked, did the Lord feed Elijah? On vegetables or graham bread? No, he directed the ravens to feed his prophet on flesh... The Lord never would have sent flesh to Elijah by the ravens if graham bread were better.“
— John Muir, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth