John Burroughs: Birthday

American naturalist
Born: April 3, 1837
Died: March 29, 1921

John Burroughs (1837–1921) was a renowned American naturalist and essayist, celebrated for his keen observations of nature and eloquent writings. Born in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Burroughs developed a deep love and appreciation for the natural world from an early age. Despite facing financial challenges and limited formal education, he pursued his passion for writing and nature.

Burroughs’ works, including “Wake-Robin” (1871) and “Signs and Seasons” (1886), captivated readers with their vivid descriptions of wildlife, landscapes, and the rhythms of the changing seasons. He was a contemporary and close friend of many notable figures of his time, such as Walt Whitman, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt, who admired his literary talent and philosophical insights.

Throughout his life, Burroughs championed the preservation of natural landscapes and the importance of conservation. His writings inspired generations of Americans to appreciate and protect the environment. In recognition of his contributions to literature and conservation, he was honored with numerous awards and accolades.

John Burroughs remains a revered figure in American literary and environmental history, remembered for his profound connection to the natural world and his enduring legacy as a writer and advocate for conservation.

John Burroughs’s 5 most popular quotes

  • How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
  • One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life, and one that many persons never learn, is to see the divine, the celestial, the pure, in the common, the near at hand-to see that heaven lies about us here in this world.
  • 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.
  • A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
  • I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
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