A Quote by John Burroughs on climate, culture, day, heart, men, nature, and promises

How many thorns of human nature - hard, sharp, lifeless protuberances that tear and wound us, narrow prejudices, bristling conceits that repel and disgust us - are arrested developments, calcified tendencies, buds of promise that should have lifted a branch up into the sunny day with fruit; and flowers to delight the heart of men, but now all grown hard, petrified, for want of culture and a congenial soil and climate.

John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

Source: The Heart of Burroughs' Journals

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