Old Vaquero Sayings

“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”


“He that would govern others first should be master of himself.” —Philip Massinger

“Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Do not dare not to dare.” C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy

“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” —Adlai E. Stevenson

“Always laugh when you can; it is cheap medicine.” —Lord Byron

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” —Dorothea Lange


A Texas cattleman is distinguished by the type of boot he wears.
Dorothea Lange, Van Horn, Texas, 1937, Courtesy Library of Congress


“Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.” —Virginia Woolf

“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” —Thomas Wolfe

“If, of all words of tongue and pen, The saddest are, ‘It might have been,’ More sad are these we daily see: ‘It is, but hadn’t ought to be.’”  —Bret Harte


Bret Harte, 1836-1902Napolean Sarony, Courtesy True West Archives
Bret Harte, 1836-1902 Napolean Sarony, Courtesy True West Archives


“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.” —Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger

“You thought I was a lovelorn mistress, and I was really just an expensive prostitute.” —Edith Wharton


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