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John Burroughs Quotes


An American naturalist and essayist important in the evolution of the U.S. conservation movement.
(1837 - 1921)

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A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.
 

A man may fail many times but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
[Blame]
 

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

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.
[Blessed]
 

Few persons realize how much of their happiness, such as it is, is dependent upon their work.
[Happiness]
 

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.
 

Happiness comes most to persons who seek it 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.
[Happiness]
 

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

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

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

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.
[Life]
 

I was born with a chronic anxiety about the weather.
[Weather]
 

If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go.
 

If you think you can do it, you can.
 

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

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

Leap, and the net will appear.
 

Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.
[Life]
 

Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods.
 


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