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John Burroughs

US essayist & naturalist (1837 - 1921)

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

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The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song!

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The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.

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

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

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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.

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Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.

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

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