Old Vaquero Sayings

“The way to avoid housework is to live outside.”


“I am human, and I think nothing human is alien to me.” —Terence, Former slave and Roman playwright

“Parting is all we know of Heaven, and all we need of Hell.” —Emily Dickinson




“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” —Abraham Lincoln





“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E.E. Cummings

“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

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

“All the vast labours of America have been inspired and made possible by its masterpiece: the energetic woman.” —Paul Bourget


“To the yesterdays that are gone, to the cowboys I used to know, to the bronc busters that rode beside me, to the horses beneath me (sometimes) I take off my hat. I wouldn’t have missed one minute of it.” —Fanny Sperry Steele

Fanny Sperry Steele, the Montana native, seen here bucking out Texas Babe, was one of the first women inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center. True West Archives


“Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.” —Stephen Crane

“Without myth, however, every culture loses its healthy creative natural power: it is only a horizon encompassed with myth that rounds off to unity a social movement.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks [Notebook Oct. 10, 1842]


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