"Wilderness Essays" by John Muir

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Title: Wilderness Essays
Author: John Muir
Start Date: 9/5/16
End Date: 10/17/16
# of Pages: 288
Edition: Gibbs Smith Revised edition (2011)

Favorite Quotes: (1) “As we sat by the camp-fire the brightness of the sky brought on a long talk with the Indians about the stars; and their eager, childlike attention was refreshing to see as compared with the decent, deathlike apathy of weary civilized people, in whom natural curiosity has been quenched in toil and care and poor, shallow comfort.” (2) “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over.” (3) “Happy fellow! his lines have fallen in pleasant places, - lily gardens in silver-fir forests, miles of bushes in endless variety and exuberance of bloom over hill-waves and valleys and along the banks of streams, cañons full of music and waterfalls, parks fair as Eden, - places in which one might expect to meet angels rather than bears.” (4) “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings…As age comes on, one sources of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail.”

Why I Chose It: John Muir is the definitive representative of the National Parks in my mind (or at least tied with Teddy Roosevelt). I read these essays in conjunction with my time in the parks.

Other Notes: If you read these closely, you’ll probably have noted that I broke from my posting one a week. I blame the car wreck…but I will get back on track in the next month I hope! In the meantime, I recommend you read John Muir’s writings, and then go out and see what he wrote about for yourself, in person.

 
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