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I know now: what is is all that matters. Not the thing you know is meant to be, not what could be, not what should be, not what ought to be, not what once was.
Only the is.


Augusten Burroughs

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JOHN BURROUGHS
Emerson was such an important figure in our literary history, and in the moral and religious develop...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Emerson stands apart from the other poets and essayists of New England, and of English literature ge...
JOHN BURROUGHS
England is not a country of granite and marble, but of chalk, marl, and clay.
JOHN BURROUGHS
The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it.
JOHN BURROUGHS
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.
JOHN BURROUGHS
You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush."
JOHN BURROUGHS
Time does not become sacred to us until we have lived it.
JOHN BURROUGHS
Nearly every season, I make the acquaintance of one or more new flowers. It takes years to exhaust t...
JOHN BURROUGHS
And by lucky coincidence, here comes a green Mazda pickup with a brown stripe.
ROBBIE BURROUGHS
When a herd of cattle see a strange object, they are not satisfied till each one has sniffed it; and...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Someday is not a day of the week.
JOHN BURROUGHS
Even in rugged Scotland, nature is scarcely wilder than a mountain sheep, certainly a good way short...
JOHN BURROUGHS
I think basically it's just bad luck.
ROBBIE BURROUGHS
The distribution of plants in a given locality is not more marked and defined than that of the birds...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Wisdom cannot come by railroad or automobile or aeroplane, or be hurried up by telegraph or telephon...
JOHN BURROUGHS
The queen, I say, is the mother bee; it is undoubtedly complimenting her to call her a queen and inv...
JOHN BURROUGHS
More than any other poet, Whitman is what we make him; more than any other poet, his greatest value ...
JOHN BURROUGHS
What if every church in America had a ministry to stand against modern slavery?
DILLON BURROUGHS
I went to the Lake District to see what kind of a country it could be that would produce a Wordswort...
JOHN BURROUGHS
The solution to our human frailty is not to try harder, but to turn Godward.
DILLON BURROUGHS
Blessed is the man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and w...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark o...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Temperament lies behind mood; behind will, lies the fate of character. Then behind both, the influen...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Holiness is the very principle of eternal life, the very beginning of eternal life in the heart, and...
JEREMIAH BURROUGHS
The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I s...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thin...
JOHN BURROUGHS
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
JOHN BURROUGHS
Literature is an investment of genius which has dividends to all subsequent times
JOHN BURROUGHS
The animal world seizes its food in masses little and big, and often gorges itself with it, but the ...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Our flying squirrel is in no proper sense a flyer. On the ground, he is more helpless than a chipmun...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Women are about the best lovers of nature, after all; at least of nature in her milder and more fami...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Man takes root at his feet, and at best, he is no more than a potted plant in his house or carriage ...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Most young people find botany a dull study. So it is, as taught from the text-books in the schools; ...
JOHN BURROUGHS
The art of the bird is to conceal its nest both as to position and as to material, but now and then ...
JOHN BURROUGHS
When the woodpecker is searching for food, or laying siege to some hidden grub, the sound of his ham...
JOHN BURROUGHS
For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self...
JOHN BURROUGHS
There never was a happier or more devoted husband than the male bluebird. He is the gay champion and...
JOHN BURROUGHS
In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the...
JOHN BURROUGHS
[Outside in the rain, paying punters appeared evenly divided between those there to see the bands an...
DAVID BURROUGHS
The red squirrel is more common and less dignified than the gray, and oftener guilty of petty larcen...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Birds and animals probably think without knowing that they think; that is, they have not self-consci...
JOHN BURROUGHS
If it is the same guy, he's been pretty busy.
ROBBIE BURROUGHS
About the same time, the people in the pickup truck realized they were being followed and it turned ...
ROBBIE BURROUGHS
Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle fiv...
JOHN BURROUGHS
It has been proven that preserving these properties increases their value.
BEN BURROUGHS
There is something very human in this apparent mirth and mockery of the squirrels. It seems to be a ...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Use the talents you’ve developed to create goodwill, to ease the burdens of those who are not as f...
LAURA BURROUGHS
As in a tree, there is more sap in an Arm of the tree, than in a little sprig; but the sprig hath th...
JEREMIAH BURROUGHS
Emerson's fame as a writer and thinker was firmly established during his lifetime by the books h...
JOHN BURROUGHS
The secret of happiness is having something meaningful to do, seeking purpose
JOHN BURROUGHS
Happiness comes most to persons who seek her least, and think least about it. It is not an object to...
JOHN BURROUGHS
If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Happiness comes most to persons who seek her least, and think least about it. It is not an object to...
JOHN BURROUGHS
One can only learn his powers of action by action, and his powers of thought by thinking
JOHN BURROUGHS
If one gains an interest in the history of the earth, he is quite sure to gain an interest in the hi...
JOHN BURROUGHS
You can get discouraged many times, but you are not a failure until you begin to blame somebody else...
JOHN BURROUGHS
No one else looks out upon the world so kindly and charitably as the pedestrian; no one else gives a...
JOHN BURROUGHS
When Darwin published his conclusion that man was descended from an apelike ancestor who was again d...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Whitman will always be a strange and unwonted figure among his country's poets, and among Englis...
JOHN BURROUGHS
The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of t...
JOHN BURROUGHS
You can fail many times, but you're not a failure until you begin to blame somebody else.
JOHN BURROUGHS
There were jokes because of all those people in the pits with their onions and canisters of beer who...
LYNNE BURROUGHS