Old Vaquero Saying

“An arrow can only be launched forward by pulling it backward.”


“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” —Mark Twain

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” —Tecumseh

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” —Aesop

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” –Albert Schweitzer


In one of his rare Westerns, Stan Laurel starred in 1924 with Mae Dahlberg in Wide Open Spaces, a spoof of the biopic Wild Bill Hickok about his friend William S. Hart. The comedy’s original title was Wild Bill Hiccough. Courtesy Hal Roach Studios

“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” —Stan Laurel

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” –Mae West

“The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


President Abraham Lincoln. Courtesy Library of Congress

“The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.” —Abraham Lincoln

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.” –Thomas Jefferson

“The sun will not rise or set without my notice, and thanks.” –Winslow Homer

“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” –O. Henry


Sitting Bull. Courtesy True West Archives

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” –Sitting Bull


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