Old Vaquero Saying

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.”


“Have you any idea of what a man must endure who leads such a life? No, you cannot. No one can unless he lives it for himself.” 

—Frank James

Raised in Indiana, Sam Bass was orphaned at 13 and drifted to Texas at 19, where he started up on the outlaw trail. He died on July 21, 1878, his 27th birthday, from wounds suffered while trying to escape from a posse near Round Rock, Texas.

“I got the world by the tail with a downhill pull.”

—Sam Bass


“You make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give.”

—Winston Churchill


“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.”

—Robert Frost


“Always seein’ ‘wayoff dreams of silver-blue, Always feelin’ thorns that slab and sting. Yet stampedin’ never made a dream come true, So I ride around myself and sing.”

—Charles Badger Clarke


“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

—Mark Twain


Lew Wallace was an officer in the Mexican-American War and a Union major general in the Civil War. From September 1878 to March 1881, Wallace was the governor of the Territory of New Mexico during the Lincoln County War.
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“As a rule, there is no surer way to the dislike of men than to behave well where they have behaved badly.”

—Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur


“The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.”

—O. Henry


“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

—Ernest Hemingway


“A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.”

—Bret Harte


“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.”

—Henry Ford


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