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Джон Берроуз

Дата рождения: 3. Апрель 1837
Дата смерти: 29. Март 1921

Джон Берроуз — американский писатель, художник, натуралист и философ.


„Счастье приходит к тому, кто ищет его и думает о нем меньше всего. Счастье — не объект для поисков; это всего лишь состояние. Не нужно идти за счастьем, оно должно идти за вами. Оно должно захватить вас, а не вы его.“

„Я всё ещё считаю каждый день слишком короткими для всех мыслей, которые я хочу подумать, всех прогулок, на которые я хочу пойти, всех книг, которые я хочу прочитать, и всех друзей, которых я хочу увидеть.“


„Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.“ Studies in Nature and Literature

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

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

„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.“

„To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.“ Leaf and Tendril

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


„If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature....“

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

„Leap and the net will appear“

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


„A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.“

„The universe is so unhuman, that is, it goes its way with so little thought of man. He is but an incident, not an end. We must adjust our notions to the discovery that things are not shaped to him, but that he is shaped to them. The air was not made for his lungs, but he has lungs because there is air; the light was not created for his eye, but he has eyes because there is light. All the forces of nature are going their own way; man avails himself of them, or catches a ride as best he can. If he keeps his seat, he prospers; if he misses his hold and falls, he is crushed.“ The Light of Day (Volume 11); Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Naturalist's Point of View

„I am in love with this world... I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvest, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.“ The Summit of the Years

„I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.“ The Summit of the Years

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