Old Vaquero Sayings

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


“It is in the darkness of their eyes that men lose their way.” -Black Elk


Young Black Elk wearing dance costume on left; right named Elk. True West Archives


“Belladonna, n.: In Italian, a beautiful lady; in English, a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.” -Ambrose Bierce

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people;
people not characters. A character is a caricature.” -Ernest Hemingway

“A great artist is a great man in a great child.” –Victor Hugo

“Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Florence Nightingale

“Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems.” –Winslow Homer


The Reaper, 1878, by Winslow Homer. Courtesy Art Renewal Center


“I never saw a woman to come into one of our mining camps in California but her mere presence effected a change in the conduct of all the men there.” -Leland Stanford

“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.”

Badger Clark, Sun and Saddle Leather, Including
Grass Grown Trails and New Poems

“A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” –Theodore Roosevelt



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