My Favorite Outdoor Inspiration

Below is a compilation of my favorite quotes made to push us to get outside and enjoy the experiences the world has to offer, or just truly live an authentic life to the best of our abilities. Of course, Muir, Abbey and Emerson provide this inspiration, among others.

John Muir

Thought to be one of, if not the, most influential naturalist and conservationist in America. John Muir has been called “The Father of our National Parks.” I am also on my way to reading some of his books to validate these favorites of mine.

  1. “Of all the paths you take in life make sure a few are dirt.”

2. “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

3. “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”

The Yosemite

4. “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 alike.” 

Our National Parks

5. “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 off like autumn leaves.”

6. “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; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

John of the Mountains: Unpublished Works of John Muir

7. “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

Rocky Mountain NP

Edward Abbey

An American author, Ed Abbey was known as an environmental advocate and for his criticisms of government and public land policies.


8. “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view…”

Continued “…May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”

Petrified Forest National Park

Hendry david Thoreau

Thoreau was a nature poet who published his most famous work in the 1840s, including “Walden.” Ralph Waldo Emerson was friend and mentor of Thoreau, writing his famed essays in the 1930s, “Self-Reliance” and “The American Scholar.”


9. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived… I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…”

Ralph waldo Emerson


10. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

Rocky Mountain National Park - Blog

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