Quotes by John Burroughs

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John Burroughs (April 3, 1837-March 29, 1921) was an American naturalist and writer. more

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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.

The secret of happiness is something to do.
How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
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.
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.
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man.
Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.
Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all.
One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.
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.
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.
It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.