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John Burroughs quotes

If you think you can do it, you can.

Leap, and the net will appear.

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

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

I have discovered the secret of happiness - it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.

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.

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

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.

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

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

The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it.

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

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

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

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.

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 somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.

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

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

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