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" A few days of idleness have completely sickened me, and given me what is called the blue-devils so severely, that I feel that the sooner I go to work and drive them off, the better. "
" After all, I long to be in America again, nay, if I can go home to return no more to Europe, it seems to me that I shall ever enjoy more peace of mind, and even Physical comfort than I can meet with in any portion of the world beside. "
" Ah! How often when I have been abroad on the mountains has my heart risen in grateful praise to God that it was not my destiny to waste and pine among those noisome congregations of the city. "
" All trembling, I reached the Falls of Niagara, and oh, what a scene! My blood shudders still, although I am not a coward, at the grandeur of the Creator's power; and I gazed motionless on this new display of the irresistible force of one of His elements. "
" Almost every day, instead of going to school, I made for the fields, where I spent my day. "
" As I grew up I was fervently desirous of becoming acquainted with Nature. "
" A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. "
" Because my father was often absent on naval duty, my mother suffered me to do much as I pleased. "
" But Hopes are Shy Birds flying at a great distance seldom reached by the best of Guns. "
" During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks. "
" From the top of a high rock, I obtained a good few of the most extensive and dreary wilderness I ever beheld. It chilled the heart to gaze on these barrens of Labrador. Indeed, I now dread every change of harbor, so horridly rugged and dangerous is the whole coast and country to the eye, and to the experienced man either of the sea or the land. "
" Go where you will, if a shilling can there be procured, you may expect to meet with individuals in search of it. "
" Great men show politeness in a particular way; a smile suffices to assure you that you are welcome, and keep about their avocations as if you were a member of the family. "
" How could I make a little book, when I have seen enough to make a dozen large books? "
" Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them. "
" I ate no butcher's meat, lived chiefly on fruits, vegetables, and fish, and never drank a glass of spirits or wine until my wedding day. To this I attribute my continual good health, endurance, and an iron constitution. "
" I cannot help but think a curious event is this life of mine. "
" I can scarcely manage to scribble a tolerable English letter. I know that I am not a scholar, but meantime I am aware that no man living knows better than I do the habits of our birds. "
" I discover that my friends think only of my apparel, and those upon whom I have conferred acts of kindness prefer to remind me of my errors. "
" I feel fully decided that we should all go to Europe together and to work as if an established Partnership for Life consisting of Husband Wife and Children. "
" I feel I am strange to all but the birds of America. "
" If I can procure three hundred good substantial names of persons, or bodies, or institutions, I cannot fail to do well for my family, although I must abandon my life to its success, and undergo many sad perplexities and perhaps never see again my own beloved America. "
" I looked long and carefully at the picture of a stag painted by Landseer - the style was good, and the brush was handled with fine effect; but he fails in copying Nature, without which the best work will be a failure. "
" In America, business is the first object in view at all times, and rightly it should be so. "
" I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could. "
" In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests. "
" I waged war against my feelings. "
" I wish I had eight pairs of hands, and another body to shoot the specimens. "
" July 2. A beautiful day for Labrador. Went ashore and killed nothing, but was pleased with what I saw. The country is so grandly wild and desolate that I am charmed by its wonderful dreariness. "
" Mathematics was hard, dull work. Geography pleased me more. For dancing I was quite enthusiastic. "
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