Old Vaquero Sayings

“The devil knows more by being old than by being the devil.”



“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” —W.T. Purkiser

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” —Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” —Henry David Thoreau


Will Rogers was well-known for his affection for dogs. True West Archives


“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”  —Will Rogers

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain of everything.” —Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” —Jane Austen

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” —J.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


John Muir’s conservation leadership led to the creation of the National Park Service and Sequoia, Mount Shasta and Grand Canyon national parks. Courtesy Library of Congress


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” —John Muir, The Mountains of California

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” —Louisa May Alcott

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust

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