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JOHN BURROUGHS was an American poet and writer on natural history, was born in Roxbury, Delaware county, New York, on the 3rd of April 1837.


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Quote Left It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative. Quote Right
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Quote Left In the fields and woods more than anything else all things come to those who wait, because all things are on the move, and are sure sooner or later to come your way. To absorb a thing is better than to learn it, and we absorb what we enjoy. We learn things at school; we absorb them in the fields and woods. When we look upon Nature with fondness and appreciation, she meets us halfway and takes a deeper hold on us than when studiously conned. Hence I say the way of knowledge of Nature is the way of love and enjoyment, and is more surely found in the open air than in the school room or the laboratory. Quote Right
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Quote Left Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years. Quote Right
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Quote Left The secret of happiness is something to do. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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 Quote Right
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