John Burroughs

American writer

Lived from: 1837-1921

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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