Old Vaquero Sayings

“You can’t appreciate what you have, until you know how bad it can be.”


“My heart is warm with the friends I make, And better friends I’ll not be knowing, Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, No matter where it’s going.” —Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” —Woody Guthrie

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”  —Ralph Waldo Emerson


Aagot Raaen’s Grass of the Earth: The Story of A Norwegian Immigrant Family in Dakota is an underappreciated classic memoir of growing up on the Great Plains in the late 19th century. Photo Courtesy FindAGrave.com/Cover Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society Press


“When birds seek shelter, it is a sure sign of a coming storm.” —Aagot Raaen, Grass of the Earth

“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” —Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises 


One of the first Westerns that Jack L. Warner and his brothers Albert, Sam and Harry produced was the 1923 Rin-Tin-Tin feature, Where the North Begins. Courtesy Warner Bros.


“Audiences can get their politics elsewhere. They go to the theater to forget.” —Jack L. Warner

“Never give up… No one knows what’s going to happen next.” —L. Frank Baum

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” —Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.” —Chili Davis

“Particularly during one’s youth, it is difficult to distinguish trivia from what is worthy.” —Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer

“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” —George Bernard Shaw

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