100 Nature Quotes To Make You Grateful For The Outdoors

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Nature saved my life.

After I lost my girlfriend in a car accident back in 2004, I started spending more time in nature.

I ran for 3-4 hours every week.

I was trying to find myself since I was feeling lost and confused.

I didn’t spend 2 years, 2 months, and 2 days like Thoreau, but I spent enough time to find answers.

As a tribute to nature, here are 100 of my favorite nature quotes collected throughout the years.

The goal?

Simply to inspire you and make you feel grateful to spend even more time in nature.

You’ll discover quotes by Thoreau, Emerson, John Muir, and many more.


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By discovering nature, you discover yourself. Maxime Lagacé

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir

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Going to the mountains is going home. John Muir

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Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. Lao Tzu

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Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton


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We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American proverb

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The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir

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Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. Henry David Thoreau

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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. Henry David Thoreau


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And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. John Muir

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The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir

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Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world. John Muir

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The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream. Jack Kerouac

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nature Quotes Video

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13 Nature Quotes (Discover Nature, Discover Yourself)

The Best Nature Quotes

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The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. John Muir

Time spent amongst trees is never time wasted. Katrina Mayer

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

It was for the best, so Nature had no choice but to do it. Marcus Aurelius

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Rainer Maria Rilke

The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see. Albert Einstein

Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians. Chinese proverb

Choose only one master – nature. Rembrandt

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Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leave the road, take the trails. Pythagoras

The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. Emma Goldman


Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet. Brooke Hampton

Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. Carl Sagan

Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions. Antoinette Brown Blackwell

For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. Bill Watterson

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. Rachel Carson

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. Linda Hogan

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

There I feel that nothing can befall me. Ralph Waldo Emerson

And then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? Vincent van Gogh

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. Standing Bear

Part 2. Nature Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Nature Quotes

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Searching for a famous nature quote? Check out those by Einstein, Shakespeare, Feynman, Lao Tzu, etc.
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I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it. William Shakespeare

The earth has music for those who listen. William Shakespeare

I think nature’s imagination is so much greater than man’s, she’s never going to let us relax. Richard Feynman

Look into nature, and then you will understand it better. Albert Einstein

How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures? Walt Disney

All things in nature occur mathematically. René Descartes

Nature is loved by what is best in us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

John Muir Nature Quotes

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I never saw a discontented tree. John Muir

Most people are on the world, not in it. John Muir

Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing. John Muir

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

Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue. John Muir

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir

The sun shines not on us but in us. John Muir

Henry David Thoreau Nature Quotes

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An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Henry David Thoreau (goodreads.com)

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. 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

This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used. Henry David Thoreau

Short Nature Quotes

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One-liners for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle

The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats

Nature, to be controlled, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. Gary Snyder

Watching nature makes you feel more human. Dan Go (Source)

An inflexible tree breaks in a storm. Matshona Dhliwayo

The earth is what we all have in common. Wendell Berry

Colors are the smiles of nature. Leigh Hunt

The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature. Every day, the sun; and, after sunset, night and her stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are. Unknown

All good things are wild and free. Henry David Thoreau

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Nature is our mother. Latin proverb

It is in the still silence of nature where one will find true bliss. Unknown

Beautiful things don’t ask for attention. Unknown

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno of Citium

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. Theodore Roethke

Nature rarely surrenders one of her magnificent secrets. Albert Einstein

Nothing is art if it does not come from nature. Antoni Gaudi

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. Jack Kerouac

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise. James Russell Lowell

Wildness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Men argue. Nature acts. Voltaire


Inspirational Nature Quotes

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All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. Marie Curie

Not just beautiful, though — the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me. Haruki Murakami

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. Walt Whitman

We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. John Muir

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs

I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news. John Muir

It is said that the forest has a certain limit if you look straight ahead, but the sides are boundless. Riccardo Bozzi

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. Edward Abbey

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Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned. Cormac McCarthy

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled. Henry David Thoreau

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. Albert Einstein

There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. John Steinbeck

Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me? Percy Bysshe Shelley

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps. John Lennon

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. Rainer Maria Rilke

There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it. Charlotte Eriksson

Part 3. Conclusion

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A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein

Key Takeaways

  • Discovering nature is a great way to discover yourself.
  • Feeling down? Walk in nature. You’ll get way more than you seek.
  • What are the benefits of spending time in nature?
    • Better mental and physical health
    • Better memory
    • More creativity
    • Better sleep
    • Less stress
  • Where’s home? In nature. From an evolutionary standpoint, this is our birthplace.
  • Nature is our savior in this hyperconnected world.

A few thoughts on nature…

I was lucky enough to live close to nature when I was young.

What did I learn?

I learned to be curious and discovered the world of animals, insects, flowers, plants, and trees.

I also learned to be alone, enjoy myself, and feel at home even far from my parents.

The best part?

I kept that curiosity today and I still love to spend time in nature every week.

It’s crucial for my physical and mental health.

In sum,

nature, hiking, and trail running are part of the reason I know myself a lot more today.

I couldn’t be more grateful.

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Do you spend time in nature? What’s your favorite nature quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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November 1, 2022

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