John Burroughs Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john burroughs quotes, john burroughs sayings, and john burroughs proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

I think rain is as necessary to the mind as to vegetation. My very thoughts become thirsty, and crave the moisture.     

John Burroughs

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

John Burroughs

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice     

John Burroughs

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.     

John Burroughs

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and colour are their last days.     

John Burroughs

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.     

John Burroughs

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

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

John Burroughs

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

John Burroughs

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

John Burroughs

If you think you can do it, you can.     

John Burroughs

In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom.     

John Burroughs

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

John Burroughs

The red squirrel is more common and less dignified than the gray, and oftener guilty of petty larceny about the barns and grain-fields.     

John Burroughs

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.     

John Burroughs

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.     

John Burroughs

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.      

John Burroughs

The gift of perfume to a flower is a special grace like genius or like beauty, and never becomes common or cheap.     

John Burroughs

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

John Burroughs

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

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.     

John Burroughs

Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all.     

John Burroughs

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

John Burroughs

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

The floating vapour is just as true an illustration of the law of gravity as the falling avalanche.     

John Burroughs

One may return to the place of his birth, He cannot go back to his youth.     

John Burroughs

England is like the margin of a spring-run: near its source, always green, always cool, always moist, comparatively free from frost in winter and from drought in summer.     

John Burroughs

England is not a country of granite and marble, but of chalk, marl, and clay.     

John Burroughs

The art of the bird is to conceal its nest both as to position and as to material, but now and then it is betrayed into weaving into its structure showy and bizarre bits of this or that, which give its secret away and which seem to violate all the traditions of its kind.      

John Burroughs