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    John Burroughs Quotes

    American essayist & naturalist

    Quotes by John Burroughs

    • It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.
    • Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.
    • 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 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!
      Birds and Poets, 1887
    • 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.
      The Snow-Walkers
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