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 :: 1837-1921, American Naturalist, Author

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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.
~ John Burroughs - [Blame]

 

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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.
~ John Burroughs - [Fun]

 

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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.
~ John Burroughs - [Self-sacrifice]

 

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How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
~ John Burroughs - [Age and Aging]

 

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It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.
~ John Burroughs - [Belief]

 

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Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.
~ John Burroughs - [Life and Living]

 

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One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.
~ John Burroughs - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all.
~ John Burroughs - [Men]

 

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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.
~ John Burroughs - [Temperament]

 

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The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
~ John Burroughs - [Opportunity]

 

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The secret of happiness is something to do.
~ John Burroughs - [Happiness]

 

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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.
~ John Burroughs - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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