Old Vaquero Sayings

“Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster keeps still.”



“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.” —James Joyce, Ulysses

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” —Mark Twain

“I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it.” —Robert E. Lee

“The spaces between stars are where the work of the universe is done.”  —Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” — Theodore Roosevelt


President Theodore Roosevelt found relaxation hunting in the West, as he did outside Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in 1905.
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“I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth.”  —Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

“If I had to live my life over, I’d live over a saloon.” —W.C. Fields

“Exercise, not philosophically and with religious gravity undertaken, but with the wild and romping activities of a spirited girl who runs up and down as if her veins were full of wine.” —Lola Montez


Lola Montez
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I have fallen in love with American names,
The sharp names that never get fat,
The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.
—Stephen Vincent Benet

“He that would govern others first should be master of himself.” ―—Philip Massinger

 “Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ―—Lord Byron


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