Famous Yosemite Quotes And Sayings

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A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging Yosemite quotes, Yosemite sayings, and Yosemite proverbs.

Best Yosemite Quotes

  1. “Yosemite Park… None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” ~ John Muir
  2. “No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite.” ~ John Muir
  3. “But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life…as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures.” ~ John Muir
  4. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” ~ John Muir

  5. “The great rocks of Yosemite, expressing qualities of timeless yet intimate grandeur, are the most compelling formations of their kind. We should not casually pass them by, for they are the very heart of the earth speaking to us.” ~ Ansel Adams
  6. “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” ~ Ansel Adams
  7. “The mountains are calling and I must go.” ~ John Muir
  8. “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.” ~ John Muir

  9. “Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society.” ~ John Muir
  10. “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  11. “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.” ~ Ansel Adams
  12. “I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite.” ~ Ansel Adams

  13. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ~ John Muir
  14. “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
  15. “No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life…Awful in stern, immovable majesty, how softly these rocks are adorned, and how fine and reassuring the company they keep: Their feet among beautiful groves and meadows, their brows in the sky, a thousand flowers leaning confidingly against their feet, bathed in floods of water, floods of light.” ~ John Muir
  16. “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.” ~ John Muir

  17. “A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.” ~ Galen Rowell
  18. “A perfect day would be to get into the car, drive out to Yosemite and go camping.” ~ Michael Steger
  19. “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
  20. “Going to the mountains is going home.” ~ John Muir

  21. “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John Muir
  22. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ~ John Muir
  23. “No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Some lean back in majestic repose; others, absolutely sheer or nearly so for thousands of feet, advance beyond their companions in thoughtful attitudes, giving welcome to storms and calms alike, seemingly aware, yet heedless, of everything going on about them.” ~ John Muir
  24. “One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.” ~ John Muir

  25. “When I was about fifteen, I went to work at Yosemite National Park. It changed me forever. Nature had carved its own sculpture, and I was part of it, not the other way around.” ~ Robert Redford
  26. “I must return to the mountains to Yosemite. I am told that the winter storms there will not be easily borne, but I am bewitched, enchanted, and tomorrow I must start for the great temple to listen to the winter songs and sermons preached and sung only there.” ~ John Muir
  27. “I began taking pictures in the natural world to be able to show people what I was experiencing when I climbed and explored in Yosemite in the High Sierra.” ~ Galen Rowell
  28. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” ~ Bill Bowerman

  29. “Your legs feel like fried bacon after a day of climbing and descending. It’s a roller coaster ride, but no one is pulling you up the mountain. You’re headed toward Yosemite more than 4,000 feet of pounding the pedals. You are aware of every movement because your thighs feel tender with a sensation of pain. You push on, toward the final ascent into the valley. In front of you is a monster mountain-El Capitan. Your eyes grow wide. You take a deep breath. Suddenly, you feel only wonder.” ~ Frosty Wooldridge
  30. “God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” ~ John Muir
  31. “Maybe you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but like every American, you carry a deed to 635 million acres of public lands. That’s right. Even if you don’t own a house or the latest computer on the market, you own Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and many other natural treasures.” ~ John Garamendi
  32. “I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was.” ~ Warren G. Harding

  33. “I was living in Monterey, a place where the classic photographers – the Westons, Wynn Bullock and Ansel Adams – came for a privileged view of nature. But my daily life very rarely took me to Point Lobos or Yosemite; it took me to shopping centers, and gas stations and all the other unhealthy growth that flourished beside the highway. It was a landscape that no one else had much interest in looking at. Other than me.” ~ Lewis Baltz
  34. “Already renewable energy advocates are noting that the 42 miles of above-ground right-of-way between Yosemite and the city could be fitted with enough solar panels to generate at least 40 megawatts per year – a proposal the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has never seriously considered because they currently aren’t required to do so.” ~ Matt Gonzalez
  35. “Most people are on the world, not in it– having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them– undiffused seporate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but seporate.” ~ John Muir
  36. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” ~ John Muir

  37. “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.” ~ John Muir
  38. “The battle we have fought, and are still fighting, for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong.” ~ John Muir
  39. “All Nature’s wildness tells the same story: the shocks and outbursts of earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, roaring, thundering waves and floods, the silent uprush of sap in plants, storms of every sort, each and all, are the orderly, beauty-making love-beats of Nature’s heart.” ~ John Muir
  40. “In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world.” ~ John Muir

  41. “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. This natural beauty-hunger is made manifest in the little window-sill gardens of the poor, though perhaps only a geranium slip in a broken cup, as well as in the carefully tended rose and lily gardens of the rich, the thousands of spacious city parks and botanical gardens, and in our magnificent National parks — the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, etc. — Nature’s sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world.” ~ John Muir
  42. “Most people are on the world, not in it.” ~ John Muir
  43. “As to scenery (giving my own thought and feeling), while I know the standard claim is that Yosemite, Niagara Falls, the Upper Yellowstone and the like afford the greatest natural shows, I am not so sure but the prairies and plains, while less stunning at first sight, last longer, fill the esthetic sense fuller, precede all the rest, and make North America’s characteristic landscape.” ~ Walt Whitman
  44. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” ~ John Muir

  45. “Ink cannot tell the glow that lights me at this moment in turning to the mountains. I feel strong [enough] to leap Yosemite walls at a bound.” ~ John Muir
  46. “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.” ~ John Muir
  47. “I took a workshop from him a few months after that. That experience changed my whole approach to photography. At that workshop in Yosemite in 1973, I decided I wanted to try and see if I could pursue this for myself, and I’m still trying.” ~ John Sexton
  48. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” ~ Ranulph Fiennes

  49. “The future of Yosemite climbing lies not in Yosemite, but in using the new techniques in the great granite ranges of the world.” ~ Yvon Chouinard
  50. “I am free to confess that I am disappointed with the Yosemite valley. It seems only about one-half as grand as the American Fork canyon.” ~ Heber J. Grant
  51. “Just why is Yosemite climbing so different? Why does it have techniques, ethics, and equipment all of its own? The basic reason lies in the rock itself. Nowhere else in the world is the rock so exfoliated, so glacier-polished and so devoid of handholds. All of the climbing lines follow vertical crack systems. Every piton crack, every handhold is a vertical one. Special techniques and equipment have evolved through absolute necessity.” ~ Yvon Chouinard
  52. “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.” ~ John Muir

  53. “While our managers debated what steps to take to address the sales and cash-flow crisis, I began to lead week-long employee seminars in what we called Philosophies. We’d take a busload at a time to places like Yosemite or the Marin Headlands above San Francisco, camp out, and gather under the trees to talk. The goal was to teach every employee in the company our business and environmental ethics and values.” ~ Yvon Chouinard
  54. “There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.” ~ John Muir
  55. “My mama didn’t see it coming, my daddy was there.
    What’s my excuse? Cartoons were the root.
    Started with Yosemite Sam
    With the gun in the palm of the hand,
    What couldn’t I demand?” ~ Pusha T
  56. “While cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~ John Muir

  57. “One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographer’s plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.” ~ John Muir
  58. “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” ~ John Muir
  59. “I wonder how many men, hiding their youngness, rise as I do, Saturday mornings, filled with the hope that Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck will be there waiting as our one true always and forever salvation?” ~ Ray Bradbury
  60. “You might be a redneck if your kids are going hungry tonight because you just had to have those Yosemite Sam mudflaps.” ~ Jeff Foxworthy

  61. “In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world-the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.” ~ John Muir
  62. “As I hammered in the last bolt and staggered over the rim, it was not at all clear to me who was the conqueror and who was the conquered. I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was.” ~ Warren Harding
  63. “I used to take my mother to Yosemite. When I turned 14, I got my driver’s license, and that’s where she’d want to go, so I’d go take her there for two weeks.” ~ Dave Brubeck

  64. “What they [Jim DeMint and the oil lobby] do care about is the precedent. If they open up ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), they’ll think they can do anything to the environment – anything at all. Drilling in Yosemite? In the Grand Canyon? What’s next?” ~ Barbara Boxer
  65. “There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ~ John Ruskin

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