John Burroughs Quotes & Wallpapers

John Burroughs
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To the scientist Nature is a storehouse of facts, laws, processes; to the artist she is a storehouse of pictures; to the poet she is a storehouse of images, fancies, a source of inspiration; to the moralist she is a storehouse of precepts and parables; to all she may be a source of knowledge and joy. John Burroughs
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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
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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
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There is a condition or circumstance that has a greater bearing upon the happiness of life than any other. What is it? Something to do; some congenial work. Take away the occupation of all people and what a wretched world it would be. John Burroughs
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How many thorns of human nature - hard, sharp, lifeless protuberances that tear and wound us, narrow prejudices, bristling conceits that repel and disgust us - are arrested developments, calcified tendencies, buds of promise that should have lifted a branch up into the sunny day with fruit; and flowers to delight the heart of men, but now all grown hard, petrified, for want of culture and a congenial soil and climate. John Burroughs
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Then, again, how annoying to be told it is only five miles to the next place when it is really eight or ten! John Burroughs
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If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go. John Burroughs
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The art of nature is all in the direction of concealment. John Burroughs
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The floating vapour is just as true an illustration of the law of gravity as the falling avalanche. John Burroughs
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Science sees the process of evolution from the outside, as one might a train of cars going by, and resolves it into the physical and mechanical elements, without getting any nearer the reason of its going by, or the point of its departure or destination. John Burroughs
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In the printed page the only real things are the paper and the ink; the white spaces play the same part in aiding the eye to take in the meaning of the print as do the black letters. John Burroughs
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I think rain is as necessary to the mind as to vegetation. My very thoughts become thirsty, and crave the moisture. John Burroughs
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I see on a immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome; that man is man because he is as free to do evil as to do good; that life is as free to develop hostile forms as to develop friendly; that power waits upon him who earns it; that disease, wars, the unloosened, devastating elemental forces have each and all played their part in developing and hardening man and giving him the heroic fiber. John Burroughs
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Few persons realize how much of their happiness, such as it is, is dependent upon their work. John Burroughs
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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
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The most precious things of life are near at hand, without money and without price. Each of you has the whole wealth of the universe at your very door. All that I ever had, and still have, may be yours by stretching forth your hand and taking it. John Burroughs
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Nature comes home to one most when one is at home. The stranger and traveler finds her a stranger and traveler also. John Burroughs
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We have produced some good walkers and saunterers, and some noted climbers; but as a staple recreation, as a daily practice, the mass of the people dislike and despise walking. John Burroughs
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Science makes no claim to infallibility; it leaves that claim to be made by theologians. John Burroughs
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The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. John Burroughs
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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
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To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday. John Burroughs
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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. John Burroughs
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IT is reported of Margaret Fuller that she said she accepted the universe. "Gad, she'd better!" retorted Carlyle. Carlyle himself did not accept the universe in a very whole-hearted manner. Looking up at the midnight stars, he exclaimed: "A sad spectacle! If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly; if they be not inhabited, what a waste of space!" John Burroughs
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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
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[Theodore Roosevelt] was a naturalist on the broadest grounds, uniting much technical knowledge with knowledge of the daily lives and habits of all forms of wild life. He probably knew tenfold more natural history than all the presidents who had preceded him, and, I think one is safe in saying, more human history also. John Burroughs
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He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter. John Burroughs
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What a severe yet master artist old Winter is... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel... John Burroughs
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I always feel at home where the sugar maple grows.... glorious in autumn, a fountain of coolness in summer, sugar in its veins, gold in its foliage, warmth in its fibers, and health in it the year round. John Burroughs
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The deeper our insight into the methods of nature . . . the more incredible the popular Christianity seems to us. John Burroughs
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We cannot walk through life on mountain peaks. John Burroughs
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The poor old earth which has mothered us and nursed us we treat with scant respect. Our awe and veneration we reserve for the worlds we know not of. Our senses sell us out. The mud on our shoes disenchants us. John Burroughs
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The bluebird enjoys the preeminence of being the first bit of color that cheers our northern landscape. The other birds that arrive about the same time-the sparrow, the robin, the phoebe-bird-are clad in neutral tints, gray, brown, or russet; but the bluebird brings one of the primary hues and the divinest of them all. John Burroughs
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For two summers not a blue wing, not a blue warble. I seemed to miss something kindred and precious from my environment-the visible embodiment of the tender sky and wistful soil. What a loss, I said, to coming generations of dwellers in the country-no bluebird in spring! John Burroughs
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I am not going to advocate ... the abandoning of the improved modes of travel; but I am going to brag as lustily as I can on behalf of the pedestrian, and show how all the shining angels second and accompany the man who goes afoot, while all the dark spirits are ever looking out for a chance to ride. John Burroughs
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The gift of perfume to a flower is a special grace like genius or like beauty, and never becomes common or cheap. John Burroughs
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Literature is an investment in genius which pays back dividends to all subsequent times. John Burroughs
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How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. John Burroughs
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Look underfoot. You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Don't despise your own place and hour. Every place is the center of the world. John Burroughs
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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. John Burroughs
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One goes to Nature only for hints and half-truths. Her facts are crude until you have absorbed them or translated them ... It is not so much what we see as what the thing seen suggests. John Burroughs
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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
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All sounds are sharper in winter; the air transmits better. At night I hear more distinctly the steady roar of the North Mountain. In summer it is a sort of complacent purr, as the breezes stroke down its sides; but in winter always the same low, sullen growl. John Burroughs
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How much there is in books that one does not want to know, that it would be a mere weariness and burden to the spirit to know. John Burroughs
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One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: 'To rise above little things'. John Burroughs
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Every day is a Sabbath to me. All pure water is holy water, and this earth is a celestial abode. John Burroughs
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Literature is an investment of genius which has dividends to all subsequent times John Burroughs
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One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. John Burroughs
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How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. John Burroughs
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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
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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. There are no heretics in Nature's church; all are believers, all are communicants. The beauty of natural religion is that you have it all the time; you do not have to seek it afar off in myths and legends, in catacombs, in garbled texts, in miracles of dead saints or wine-bibbing friars. It is of today; it is now and here; it is everywhere. John Burroughs
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....success in walking is not to let your right foot know what your left foot doeth. Your heart must furnish such music that in keeping time to it your feet will carry you around the globe without knowing it. John Burroughs
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A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. John Burroughs
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A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did. John Burroughs
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To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another. John Burroughs
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Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all. John Burroughs
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It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative. John Burroughs
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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
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Before the bud swells, before the grass springs, before the plough is started, comes the sugar harvest. It is sequel of the bitter frost; a sap run is the sweet goodbye of winter. John Burroughs
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One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life, and one that many persons never learn, is to see the divine, the celestial, the pure, in the common, the near at hand-to see that heaven lies about us here in this world. John Burroughs
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The rocks have a history; gray and weatherworn, they are veterans of many battles; they have most of them marched in the ranks of vast stone brigades during the ice age; they have been torn from the hills, recruited from the mountaintops, and marshaled on the plains and in the valleys; and now the elemental war is over, there they lie waging a gentle but incessant warfare with time and slowly, oh, so slowly, yielding to its attacks! John Burroughs
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I still find each day too short.. John Burroughs
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One is tempted to say that the most human plants, after all, are the weeds. John Burroughs
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The Universe is a pretty big place... And the one thing I know about nature is it hates to waste anything. So I guess I'd say if it is just us, an awful lot of space is going to waste. The earth is not alone, it is not like a single apple on a tree; there are many apples on the tree, and there are many trees in the orchard. John Burroughs
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Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world. John Burroughs
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If you want to see birds, you must have birds in your heart. John Burroughs
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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
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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
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To me - old age is always ten years older than I am. John Burroughs
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One may return to the place of his birth, He cannot go back to his youth. John Burroughs
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