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John Burroughs
April 3, 1837 - March 29, 1921
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.


Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.


If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go.


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


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.


A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.


There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.


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


Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.


To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.


I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.


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


Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.


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.


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


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.


I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral.


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.


To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.


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