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John Burroughs

Burroughs, John John Burroughs was an American Naturalist.
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Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.

John Burroughs

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.

John Burroughs

Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.

John Burroughs

The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song!

John Burroughs

It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.

John Burroughs

If you think you can do it, you can.

John Burroughs

Happiness comes most to persons who seek her least, and think least about it. It is not an object to be sought; it is a state to be induced. It must follow and not lead. It must overtake you, and not you overtake it.

John Burroughs

The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it.

John Burroughs

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.

John Burroughs

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.

John Burroughs

If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.

John Burroughs

Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man.

John Burroughs

Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all.

John Burroughs

Blessed is the man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces there are in him.

John Burroughs

The secret of happiness is something to do.

John Burroughs

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.

John Burroughs

Temperament lies behind mood; behind will, lies the fate of character. Then behind both, the influence of family the tyranny of culture; and finally the power of climate and environment; and we are free, only to the extent we rise above these.

John Burroughs

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.

John Burroughs

The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.

John Burroughs

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice - no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.

John Burroughs

How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.

John Burroughs

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

John Burroughs

There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.

John Burroughs

Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle five balls. The key is always to speak in your own voice. Speak the truth. That's Acting 101. Then you start putting layers on top of that.

John Burroughs

To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.

John Burroughs
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