Every summer for over 25 years Thom and I have rented a house in a small mountain town named Idyllwild for a month. Originally planned as a way to escape the summer heat in our desert valley home, it quickly became an annual retreat of sorts. This sojourn helps us to recapture the joy of summer, hike familiar local trails, and to connect more with nature. The trees, the nearby running creek, the privacy and the quiet are something that feels as familiar as any place we have ever lived.
So with the intention of finding one quote and putting it on a photo for this week’s blog post. I instead found a number of quotes I liked so much that I decided to share the best 15 of them with all of you. These say exactly what I would like to say about nature and remembering that connection. It is my hope that each of you find a way to spend time outdoors this summer and remember the precious gift it offers us all.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” ~John Muir
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~Lao Tzu
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein
“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.” ~Janice Anderson
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~John Muir
“I’m a person of the mountains and the open paddocks and the big empty sky, that’s me, and I knew if I spent too long away from all that I’d die; I don’t know what of, I just knew I’d die.” ~John Marsden
“When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.” ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“Be like a mountain; do not let anything disturb your inner peace.” ~Debasish Mridha
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy’.” ~Sylvia Plath
“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” ~Anatoli Boukreev
“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.” ~Morihei Ueshiba
“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” ~Friedrich Neitszche
“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” ~Isaac Newton
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“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.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Okay, those are the best I could find…for me. What about you? Please share any favorites of yours in the comments below.