Old Vaquero Saying

“After the rabbit has gone, it is time to pound your hat on the grass.”



The only known image of the highly regarded Suquamish and Duwamish Chief Seattle was taken in 1864, two years before his death.
Photo from True West Archives

“All things share the same breath—the beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” —Chief Seattle


“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent Van Gogh


“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford


“Well done is better than well said.” —Benjamin Franklin


In October 1939, WPA photographer Dorothea Lange visited an unnamed Indian fishing village in Oregon and photographed a local woman scraping a hide for softening. Courtesy Library of Congress


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” —Dorothea Lange


“A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves.” — Willa Cather, O Pioneers!


“A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.” —Herman Melville


“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” —Abraham Lincoln


“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” —Ansel Adams


“I need this wild life, this freedom.” —Zane Grey

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