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John Burroughs Quotes

(1837-1921), American Naturalist, Author

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

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Belief

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

Category: Blame

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.

Category: Fun

The secret of happiness is something to do.

Category: Happiness

Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.

Category: Life And Living

Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all.

Category: Men

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

Category: Opportunity

One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

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.

Category: Self-sacrifice

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.

Category: Temperament

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

Category: Travel And Tourism