Old Vaquero Saying

“Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow.”


“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” —Robert Louis Stevenson


An accomplished travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about his travels in America in The Amateur Emigrant, Across the Plains and The Silverado Squatters. Photo by Henry Walter Barnett, True West Archives


“In the duel of sex, woman fights from a dreadnought and man from an open raft.” —H. L. Mencken

“No one is so sure of his premises as the man who knows too little.” —Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” —Hans Christian Andersen

“Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing—for life itself is a writer’s love until death.” —Edna Ferber


Edna Ferber was one of America’s most popular authors in the first half of the 20th century. Her 1930 novel Cimarron, adapted for the screen in 1931, was one of the first blockbuster Westerns. Courtesy RKO Radio Pictures


“It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog.” —Joseph Conrad

“It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws.” —Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” —John Adams

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” —Albert Schweitzer

“Not everything that is faced can be changed at once, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin


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