Old Vaquero Saying

“The most complicated thing in the world is to be able to keep things simple. The simplest thing in the world is to make things complicated.”



“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” —Charles Dickens

“When love is at its best, one loves so much that he cannot forget.” —Helen Hunt Jackson

American author and poet Helen Hunt Jackson was a great defender of American Indian rights. It is estimated that her best-selling novel Ramona has been reprinted 300 times. Courtesy C.C. Pierce Collection of Photographs, Huntington Library


“For it is in giving that we receive.” —Francis of Assisi

“A mountain man tries to live with the country instead of against it.” —Louis L’Amour

“The hills of one’s youth are all mountains.” —Mari Sandoz

“I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.” —Washington Irving

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” —Willa Cather

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” —Mark Twain

“It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.” —Henry James

“Any desert land that will grow big sage will produce more fortunes than most gold mines—if you can only get the water.” —Peter B. Kyne, The Long Chance

Spanish-American war veteran and prolific early 20th-century author Peter Kyne penned one of the most popular Old West Christmas novels, The Three Godfathers, which was first produced as a film in 1916 starring (l.-r.): Frank Lanning, Harry Carey Sr. and Joe Rickson. Courtesy Universal Pictures


“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” —Henry Ward Beecher

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” —James M. Barrie

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