Quotes about Arizona Air & Atmosphere

There’s something wonderfully healing in Arizona air. ~Zane Grey, The Call of the Canyon, 1924

…the sweet, sun-purified, sun-vivified air of the desert… ~George Wharton James, Arizona, the Wonderland, 1917

I leaped quickly through the opening into the starlight of a clear Arizona night. The crisp, fresh mountain air outside the cave acted as an immediate tonic and I felt new life and new courage coursing through me… I lifted my head to fill my lungs with the pure, invigorating night air of the mountains. ~Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars, 1917

And the sunshine, too, of Arizona is equal to the atmosphere. It is direct, positive, unadulterated. The clarity of the air allows it to reach man and the earth just as it was divinely intended it should, and the result is it brings healing, strength and power on its wings. Pure air, pure atmosphere, pure and unadulterated, unrestrained sunshine bless every inhabitant, making the strong stronger, and bringing new hope, new brightness, new life to the weak and ailing. ~George Wharton James, Arizona, the Wonderland, 1917

“It’s only a desert!” Yes, I know.
Sometimes I think God left it so,
That mortals, weary of their strife
Could breathe its air, and feel new life
Come pulsing from these solitudes
So calm, so grand in all their moods.
~Flossie Edna Ritzenthaler Cole Wells (1889–1987), “Coconino Wilderness”

It was another one of those dry, windy nights that defy description. The air is restless and the trees start whispering secrets to each other. A discomforting reminder of the desert that sprawled here before the city was built — it makes the world ephemeral and temporary, as if by morning all this will be dust again. ~David Gerrold, The Martian Child, 2002

Arizona mesas are arid and barren — broad plateaus of wild, rugged, waterless deserts; the marvelous mountains are rugged, ragged, rough, red, and rude — barren to summit and bleak to every sense. The shadeless mesquite is not essentially handsome or inviting; the valde-verde tree, with its mockery of leafless branches, is not an object of delight; the clouds of hot alkali dust that arise are not agreeable to eye or taste… the numerous varieties of the grotesque cactus, from the little cotton-like bulb of the smallest that hugs the earth, to the monstrous columnar fungus that outlines itself against the sky, are not especially inviting specimens of the freaks in which dame Nature occasionally indulges. Yet, and yet, the wonderful atmosphere that bends above and embraces us, is the most marvelous of magicians. ~Richard J. Hinton, “Over Valley and Mesa,” The Hand-Book to Arizona, 1877

Have you heard
The voices
Whispering on the desert winds
Which fall
From midnight peaks
And crags.
      They whisper, “Silence,”
      Whisper, “Stay.”
      They whisper… “Peace.”
~J. A. Christensen, “Desert Murmurs,” in Arizona Highways, October 1978

Strange and inscrutable
      the desert lies
Austere its every mood;
Yet peace and beauty
      here abound
In solemn quietude.
~F. J. Worrall, “Desert,” in Arizona Highways, March 1973

One comes here to live
In-the-sight-of-the-eye-of-the-universe,
In the openness of skyward mountains…
And one comes here, to lose and find himself…
~Reeve Spencer Kelley, “Generally, You Know This Land,” in Arizona Highways, October 1973