Old Vaquero Sayings

“Study the past if you want to know what the idiots are going to do next.”


“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”—Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” —Agnes Repplier

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” —Henry Miller

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”  —Gustave Flaubert

“Not all those who wander are lost.” —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


Ute Indian Boy and His Dog
Western slope of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah, 1874 John K. Hillers, Courtesy Library of Congress


“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”  —Pat Conroy

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” —James A. Michener

“See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” —Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“You don’t even know where I’m going.” “I don’t care. I’d like to go anywhere.”  —John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“At the end of 2023, the country bounces along like Custer on the way to the Little Big Horn: So far, so good. The regimental band plays ‘Garryowen.’”  —Lance Morrow in the Wall Street Journal

“I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, The Whale

Actually, I’m from New Jersey, the nickname comes from thirty years in the textile business.

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