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John Burroughs Quote: “If you think you can do it, you can.”

If you think you can do it, you can.

— John Burroughs



John Burroughs Quote: “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “Leap and the net will appear.”

Leap and the net will appear.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “We are made strong by what we overcome.”

We are made strong by what we overcome.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.”

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “When you bait the hook with your heart, the fish always bite.”

When you bait the hook with your heart, the fish always bite.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”

Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The pleasure and value of every walk or journey we take may be doubled to us by carefully noting down the impressions it makes upon us.”

The pleasure and value of every walk or journey we take may be doubled to us by carefully noting down the impressions it makes upon us.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “In the order of nature we may behold the ways of the Eternal.”

In the order of nature we may behold the ways of the Eternal.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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


John Burroughs Quote: “The honey-bee’s great ambition is to be rich, to lay up great stores, to possess the sweet of every flower that blooms. She is more than provident. Enough will not satisfy her, she must have all she can get by hook or crook.”

The honey-bee’s great ambition is to be rich, to lay up great stores, to possess the sweet of every flower that blooms. She is more than provident. Enough will not satisfy her, she must have all she can get by hook or crook.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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


John Burroughs Quote: “The art of nature is all in the direction of concealment.”

The art of nature is all in the direction of concealment.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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


John Burroughs Quote: “One can only learn his powers of action by action, and his powers of thought by thinking.”

One can only learn his powers of action by action, and his powers of thought by thinking.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “To see Earth fully we already need to love it.”

To see Earth fully we already need to love it.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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


John Burroughs Quote: “I am in love with this world. It has been my home. It has been my point of outlook into the universe. I have never bruised myself against it nor tried to use it ignobly.”

I am in love with this world. It has been my home. It has been my point of outlook into the universe. I have never bruised myself against it nor tried to use it ignobly.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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


John Burroughs Quote: “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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


John Burroughs Quote: “Every day is a Sabbath to me. All pure water is holy water, and this earth is a celestial abode.”

Every day is a Sabbath to me. All pure water is holy water, and this earth is a celestial abode.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.”

In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “Without death and decay, how could life go on?”

Without death and decay, how could life go on?

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods. It has been the most serious and significant occupation of his sojourn in the world.”

Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods. It has been the most serious and significant occupation of his sojourn in the world.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The secret of happiness is something to do.”

The secret of happiness is something to do.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “I still find each day too short...”

I still find each day too short...

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The fuel in the earth will be exhausted in a thousand or more years, and its mineral wealth, but man will find substitutes for these in the winds, the waves, the sun’s heat, and so forth.”

The fuel in the earth will be exhausted in a thousand or more years, and its mineral wealth, but man will find substitutes for these in the winds, the waves, the sun’s heat, and so forth.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.”

The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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


John Burroughs Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “O bluebird, welcome back again, Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best...”

O bluebird, welcome back again, Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best...

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is ‘look under foot.’ You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.”

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is ‘look under foot.’ You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.”

When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.”

I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “We cannot walk through life on mountain peaks.”

We cannot walk through life on mountain peaks.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “The place to observe nature is where you are.”

The place to observe nature is where you are.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.”

That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral.”

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

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature...”

If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature...

— John Burroughs


John Burroughs Quote: “Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.”

Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.

— John Burroughs

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