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John Muir (1838-1914) à droite avec le président Théodore Roosevelt à gauche

None of Nature's landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild. (our national parks - 1901)

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. (John of the Mountains - 1938)

I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found.
By forces seemingly antagonistic and destructive Nature accomplishes her beneficent designs - now a flood of fire, now a flood of ice, now a flood of water; and again in the fullness of time an outburst of organic life....
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls (John of the Mountains - 1938)
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. (Letter to wife Louie, July 1888)
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.
Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.
One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.

Major John Wesley Powell (1834-1902)

Alentour, tout n'est que rochers, gorges escarpées et dix mille sculptures étranges où les fleuves se perdent au pied des falaises. Je ne vois que tours et promontoires se dresser dans toutes les direction avec, dans le lointain, des montagnes noyées dans les nuages (1869)
Un saisissant ensemble de merveilleuses particularités: des parois sculptées, des arches royales, des gorges, des ravins encaissés, des tertres et des monuments. De laquelle de ces particularités allons nous emprunter le nom ? nous avons décidé de l'appeler Glen Canyon

Theodore Roosevelt (1862-1919)

Nous ne batissons pas ce pays pour qu'il ne dure qu'un jour, mais pour les siècles à venir