I think John Muir just might be my all time hero. His essays and journals about his travels in nature and his life in general are full of inspiration and of love. I admire his simple lifestyle, and he puts into words, better than I ever could, just how I feel about this planet and nature. I have had so many beautiful, and down right pure fun, times hiking through the woods, sitting in a tree, floating on the river, strolling through the tall prairie grass, cooling off in the creek...countless memories! Anyway, here are some of my favorite quotes of all time.
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"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."
"Fresh beauty opens one's eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common everyday beauty. "
"There is a love of wild nature in everybody an ancient mother-love ever showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties."
Learn more about John Muir here: http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/bio/default.aspx
Read some of his writings: http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/