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(3 April 1837 – 29 March 1921 / Roxbury, New York)

John Burroughs
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John Burroughs was an American naturalist and essayist important in the evolution of the U.S. conservation movement. According to biographers at the American Memory project at the Library of Congress, John Burroughs was the most important practitioner after Henry David Thoreau of that especially American literary genre, the nature essay. By the turn of the 20th century he had become a virtual cultural institution in his own right: the Grand Old Man of Nature at a time when the American romance with the idea of nature, and the American conservation movement, had come fully into their own. His extraordinary popularity and popular visibility were sustained by a prolific stream of essay ... more »

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  • Science is a capital or fund perpetually reinvested; it accumulates, rolls up, is carried forward by every new man. Every man of science has all the science before him to go upon, to set himself up in...
    John Burroughs (1837-1921), U.S. author, naturalist. Indoor Studies, vol. 12, Collected Works, Houghton (1913).
  • I think it saves much confusion to regard religion as quite distinct from morality, or the right conduct of life—as having necessarily nothing to do with these, but as a system of faith and worsh...
    John Burroughs (1837-1921), U.S. naturalist. The Heart of Burroughs's Journals, entry for November 24, 1887, Houghton Mifflin (1988).
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