Old Vaquero Sayings

“He who does not expect to win is already defeated.”




“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.” —H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques

“Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on.” —Jack London, White Fang


Jack London died at 40 years old in 1916 not too long after this photo was taken of him in his office at Wolf House.
He is buried on his ranch in Glen Ellen, California. True West Archives


“We live in a culture that has lost its memory.” —Greta Ehrlich

“Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” —Mark Twain

“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.” —Thomas Wolfe

“The greatest thrill is not to kill but to let live.”  —James Oliver Curwood, The Grizzly King: A Romance of the Wild

“I long to be out in the sun with no work to be done.” —Irving Berlin

“California was almost entirely a dream, a dream vague but deep in the minds of a westering people.” —Bernard DeVoto, The Year of Decision 1846

“I knew as I was growing up something was wrong. I didn’t know what…I knew something was over and it was not coming back.” —Larry McMurtry

“You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” —Jim Carrey

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” —Ansel Adams

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, by Ansel Adams, 1941 Courtesy Library of Congress

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