John Burroughs

Quotes
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.[Theodore Roosevelt] is a man of such abounding energy and ceaseless activity that he sets everything in motion around him wherever he goes. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Energy
… a walking day of judgment Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
We have invented the whole machinery of the supernatural, with its unseen spirits and powers good and bad, to account for things, because we found the universal everyday nature too cheap, too common, too vulgar. We have had to cap the natural with the supernatural to satisfy our love for the marvelous and the inexplicable. Human Nature
We talk of communing with Nature but 'tis with ourselves we commune .... Nature furnishes the conditions. Environment & Environmentalism
A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. Failure
A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying. Failure
A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did. Motivation
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Patience ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color 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. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral. History
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
If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If you think you can do it, you can. Motivation
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. Religion & God
Leap, and the net will appear. Motivation
Life is a struggle, but not a warfare. Life
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
One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.
Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all.
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. Truth
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. Religion & God
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
The secret of happiness is something to do. Happiness & Unhappiness
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it.
There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.
To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.
To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.
Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man. Society ;Travel