Old Vaquero Sayings

“We die twice; the first time when our hearts cease to beat; the second time when our stories cease to be told.”


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.—Henry David Thoreau

“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.” —George Orwell

“It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.” —John Ford

Director John Ford, The Searchers, on location, Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah, 1955. Courtesy Warner Bros.

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.” —Washington Irving

“True artists scorn nothing: they are ob-liged to understand rather than to judge.”  —Albert Camus

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know you trust him.” —Booker T. Washington

“Life is like riding a bicycle—in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” —Albert Einstein

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent Van Gogh

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” —William Blake

Ernest Hemingway,
Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho, 1939. Lloyd R. Arnold, Courtesy Library of Congress

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” —Ernest Hemingway

Grizzly Adams and bear, circa 1859-60
Courtesy Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas, p1989-27_02_11

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