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A man's life may stagnate as literally as water may stagnate, and just as motion and direction are the remedy for one, so purpose and activity are the remedy for the other.
—  John Burroughs
To learn something new, take the path you took yesterday.
—  John Burroughs
A man may fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
—  John Burroughs
It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.
—  John Burroughs
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
One goes to Nature only for hints and half-truths. Her facts are crude until you have absorbed them or translated them ... It is not so much what we see as what the thing seen suggests.
—  John Burroughs
Nothing relieves and ventilates the mind like a resolution.
—  John Burroughs
The atmosphere of our time is fast being cleared of the fumes and deadly gases that arose during the carboniferous age of theology.
—  John Burroughs
Time does not become sacred to us until we have lived it.
—  John Burroughs
Literature is an investment of genius which pays dividends to all subsequent times.
—  John Burroughs
Now is the time of the illuminated woods ... when every leaf glows like a tiny lamp.
—  John Burroughs
I was born with a chronic anxiety about the weather.
—  John Burroughs
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
—  John Burroughs
I see on a immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome; that man is man because he is as free to do evil as to do good; that life is as free to develop hostile forms as to develop friendly; that power waits upon him who earns it; that disease, wars, the unloosened, devastating elemental forces have each and all played their part in developing and hardening man and giving him the heroic fiber.
—  John Burroughs
To find new things, take the path you took yesterday.
—  John Burroughs
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.
—  John Burroughs

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