Old Vaquero Sayings

“He who gets close to a good tree is sheltered by good shade.”


“Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in
the air.”
 —Louisa May Alcott, The Abbot’s Ghost: A Christmas Story

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” —Edward Abbey


Edward Abbey spent many years writing about the Four Corners region and the importance of protecting our natural wonders. A unique site in the region, the ancient pueblo of Hovenweep (above), celebrated its centennial as a national monument in 2023.
Courtesy NPS/Jacob W. Frank


“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”  —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” —Jack London

“My big fish must be somewhere.” —Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” —Walt Whitman

 “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald


Few Western artists captured the spirit of Christmas on the Western frontier as well as Charles M. Russell. One of his most popular paintings is his 1904 classic, Christmas at the Line Camp. Courtesy Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection


“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite—only a sense of existence.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Wonder is the desire of knowledge.” —Thomas Aquinas

“Heap on the wood!—the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.” —Sir Walter Scott

“It’s not so much riding off into the Sunset as it is heading west till my asthma improves.”

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