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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

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To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.
JOHN BURROUGHS
One reason, doubtless, why squirrels are so bold and reckless in leaping through the trees is that, ...
JOHN BURROUGHS
To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.
JOHN BURROUGHS
Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle fiv...
JOHN BURROUGHS
For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self...
JOHN BURROUGHS
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot b...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Next to the laborer in the fields, the walker holds the closest relation to the soil; and he holds a...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of...
JOHN BURROUGHS
Some of the animals outsee man, outsmell him, outhear him, outrun him, outswim him, because their li...
JOHN BURROUGHS
All birds are incipient or would-be songsters in the spring. I find corroborative evidence of this e...
JOHN BURROUGHS
And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rej...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
And by lucky coincidence, here comes a green Mazda pickup with a brown stripe.
ROBBIE BURROUGHS
I think people tend to see the bigger point, which is maybe not fitting in and feeling like you didn...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing o...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Why am I so anxious? And then it hits me. I'm not anxious, I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horrib...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Marriage is overdone. As long as there are people, people are going to find it interesting.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
I think basically it's just bad luck.
ROBBIE BURROUGHS
Dennis's superior mental health was obvious from the first date, like a cleft palate. The other thin...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Give that mint Milano back, you bitch. If you can't at least be polite, you don't get a treat.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Nothing surprises me now," I tell him. I am stoic. I am Joan of Arc, with liver damage and an unused...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
His laugh is made if porch swings and lemonade
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
With my own memoirs, they are truthful, and I write everything fully expecting to some day end up te...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
What if every church in America had a ministry to stand against modern slavery?
DILLON BURROUGHS
The solution to our human frailty is not to try harder, but to turn Godward.
DILLON BURROUGHS
I think writers tend to be experience junkies, and I think they also tend to want to be on the outsi...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean, the level of hatred that they h...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Once I decided to write, to be published, I knew it would happen.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
I can't tell you how much I love Target and Costco, that kind of culture, because it's somet...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just h...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
But my favorite band is Curbside Life, out of Chicago.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
But I can also write in crappy motel rooms, while standing in line, or sitting in the dentist's chai...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir, I really want it to be true.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
As a child, I was never drawn toward depraved or extreme situations; I really wanted a normal little...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
He continues to smile expectantly. I take a step back. I don't want to catch whatever he has. He is ...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
I came to think that maybe God was what you believed in because you needed to feel you weren’t alo...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
His toes wriggle in his socks and my first thought is, I want to snip them off with hedge trimmers. ...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Never work with children, puppies or bulimics
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
After I cut off his penis, I sautéed it in rosemary butter and ate it"
"But did you go to a me...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
There's not enough of me left over.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Should I just sit down, right here at carousel seven, and shake until somebody's arms are around me ...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Sometimes when you work in advertising you'll get a product that's really garbage and you have to ma...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
He's a really nice guy, if only I weren't me.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
...handsome people are always interesting to watch. But a handsome person in crisis is riveting.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Like cubic zirconia, I only look real. I'm an imposter. The fact is, I am not like other people.
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
Real optimism is not the pep talk you give yourself. It is earned through the labor involved in emot...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
But even with my minimal amount of fame, there are certain perks. Recently, I was at a movie premier...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
What police officer would dare ticket Death's minivan?
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
As I sat in the hot, salty water, I thought, 'No wonder Mr. Bubble always gives me a urinary tract i...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
I think…Have I given up anything by living with another person? Has there been a trade-off?
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AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
I hate news and information and anything that threatens to puncture the bubble of oblivion in which ...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
It turns out that (he) has a condition known as micropenis. This means his penis is less than three ...
AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS