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

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




John Burroughs Quotes: "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."

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

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



John Burroughs Quotes: "I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.




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

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



John Burroughs Quotes: "To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday."

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



John Burroughs Quotes: "One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’."

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’.




John Burroughs Quotes: "In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity."

In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.



John Burroughs Quotes: "The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world."

The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.



John Burroughs Quotes: "The gift of perfume to a flower is a special grace like genius or like beauty, and never becomes common or cheap."

The gift of perfume to a flower is a special grace like genius or like beauty, and never becomes common or cheap.



John Burroughs Quotes: "I go to books and to nature as a bee goes to the flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey."

I go to books and to nature as a bee goes to the flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.



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

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 Quotes: "O bluebird, welcome back again, Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best."

O bluebird, welcome back again, Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best.



John Burroughs Quotes: "A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did."

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Love is the measure of life; only so far as we love do we really live."

Love is the measure of life; only so far as we love do we really live.



John Burroughs Quotes: "It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it."

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.



John Burroughs Quotes: "We are made strong by what we overcome."

We are made strong by what we overcome.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years."

Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.



John Burroughs Quotes: "He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter."

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world."

Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion."

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



John Burroughs Quotes: "Serene, I fold my hands and wait, Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea; I rave no more 'gainst time or fate, For lo! my own shall come to me."

Serene, I fold my hands and wait, Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea; I rave no more 'gainst time or fate, For lo! my own shall come to me.



John Burroughs Quotes: "If you want to see birds, you must have birds in your heart."

If you want to see birds, you must have birds in your heart.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Nature is not benevolent; Nature is just, gives pound for pound, measure for measure, makes no exceptions, never tempers her decrees with mercy, or winks at any infringement of her laws."

Nature is not benevolent; Nature is just, gives pound for pound, measure for measure, makes no exceptions, never tempers her decrees with mercy, or winks at any infringement of her laws.



John Burroughs Quotes: "If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature."

If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature.



John Burroughs Quotes: "The secret of happiness is something to do."

The secret of happiness is something to do.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Nothing relieves and ventilates the mind like a resolution."

Nothing relieves and ventilates the mind like a resolution.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Every walk to the woods is a religious rite, every bath in the stream is a saving ordinance. Communion service is at all hours, and the bread and wine are from the heart and marrow of Mother Earth."

Every walk to the woods is a religious rite, every bath in the stream is a saving ordinance. Communion service is at all hours, and the bread and wine are from the heart and marrow of Mother Earth.



John Burroughs Quotes: "The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind."

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.



John Burroughs Quotes: "What a severe yet master artist old Winter is... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel."

What a severe yet master artist old Winter is... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel.



John Burroughs Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "A man’s life may stagnate as literally as water may stagnate, and just as motion and direction are the remedy for one, so purpose and activity are the remedy for the other."

A man’s life may stagnate as literally as water may stagnate, and just as motion and direction are the remedy for one, so purpose and activity are the remedy for the other.



John Burroughs Quotes: "If you think you can do it, you can."

If you think you can do it, you can.



John Burroughs Quotes: "The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it."

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



John Burroughs Quotes: "Serene I fold my hands and wait."

Serene I fold my hands and wait.



John Burroughs Quotes: "We can outrun the wind and the storm, but we cannot outrun the demon of hurry."

We can outrun the wind and the storm, but we cannot outrun the demon of hurry.



John Burroughs Quotes: "When you bait your hook with your heart, the fish always bite."

When you bait your hook with your heart, the fish always bite.



John Burroughs Quotes: "How readily the bluebirds become our friends and neighbors when we offer them suitable nesting retreats!"

How readily the bluebirds become our friends and neighbors when we offer them suitable nesting retreats!



John Burroughs Quotes: "I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral."

I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral.



John Burroughs Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "I have discovered the secret of happiness - it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy."

I have discovered the secret of happiness - it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Oh, Spring is surely coming, Her couriers fill the air; Each morn are new arrivals, Each night her ways prepare; I scent her fragrant garments, Her foot is on the stair."

Oh, Spring is surely coming, Her couriers fill the air; Each morn are new arrivals, Each night her ways prepare; I scent her fragrant garments, Her foot is on the stair.



John Burroughs Quotes: "I think rain is as necessary to the mind as to vegetation. My very thoughts become thirsty, and crave the moisture."

I think rain is as necessary to the mind as to vegetation. My very thoughts become thirsty, and crave the moisture.



John Burroughs Quotes: "The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are."

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



John Burroughs Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The place to observe nature is where you are."

The place to observe nature is where you are.



John Burroughs Quotes: "The floating vapour is just as true an illustration of the law of gravity as the falling avalanche."

The floating vapour is just as true an illustration of the law of gravity as the falling avalanche.



John Burroughs Quotes: "[T]he cold warms me—after a different fashion from that of the kitchen stove."

[T]he cold warms me—after a different fashion from that of the kitchen stove.



John Burroughs Quotes: "Close scrutiny of an object in nature will nearly always yield some significant fact."

Close scrutiny of an object in nature will nearly always yield some significant fact.