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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
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“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”
Louis L'Amour, Matagorda/The First Fast Draw
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning. ”
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“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”
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“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast,
and you miss all you are traveling for.”
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“Up to a point a person’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and changes in the world about them. Then there comes a time when it lies within their grasp to shape the clay of their life into the sort of thing they wish it to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune or the quirks of fate. Everyone has the power to say, "This I am today. That I shall be tomorrow.”
Louis L'Amour, The Walking Drum
“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
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“A book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.”
Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man
“I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen.”
Louis L'Amour, Sackett's Land
“The more one learns, the more he understands his ignorance.”
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“I am somebody. I am me. And I don't need anybody to make me somebody.”
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“Do not let yourself be bothered by the inconsequential. One has only so much time in this world, so devote it to the work and the people most important to you, to those you love and things that matter. One can waste half a lifetime with people one doesn't really like, or doing things when one would be better off somewhere else.”
Louis L'Amour, Ride the River
“When a man is one of a kind, he will be lonely wherever he is.”
Louis L'Amour, The Lonesome Gods
“Have faith in God but keep your powder dry.”
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“I have read my books by many lights, hoarding their beauty, their wit or wisdom against the dark days when I would have no book, nor a place to read. I have known hunger of the belly kind many times over, but I have known a worse hunger: the need to know and to learn.”
Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man
“One day I was speeding along at the typewriter, and my daughter - who was a child at the time - asked me, "Daddy, why are you writing so fast?" And I replied, "Because I want to see how the story turns out!”
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“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”
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“No one can "get" an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.”
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“When you go to a country, you must learn how to say two things: how to ask for food, and to tell a woman that you love her. Of these the second is more important, for if you tell a woman you love her, she will certainly feed you.”
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“Adventure is just a romantic name for trouble. It sounds swell when you write about it, but it's hell when you meet it face to face in a dark and lonely place.”
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“A mistake constantly made by those who should know better is to judge people of the past by our standards rather than their own. The only way men or women can be judged is against the canvas of their own time.”
Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man
“The only thing that never changes is that everything changes.”
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“Today is all we have, tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality.”
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“Reading without thinking is nothing, for a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.”
Louis L'Amour, The Walking Drum
“Love is a moment of stillness that sometimes a word can shatter to pieces. Or love can be a thing that endures, a rich, deep current flowing unending through the years.”
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“The Apache don't have a word for love," he said.
"Know what they both say at the marriage? The squaw-taking ceremony?"
"Tell me."
"Varlebena. It means forever. That's all they say.”
Louis L'Amour, Hondo
“The way I see it, every time a man gets up in the morning he starts his life over. Sure, the bills are there to pay, and the job is there to do, but you don't have to stay in a pattern. You can always start over, saddle a fresh horse and take another trail.”
Louis L'Amour, The Proving Trail
“. . . What do you wish to be? What would you like to become?”

I did not know, and I told her so, but the question worried me. Should I know?

“There is time,” she said, “but the sooner you know, the sooner you can plan. To have a goal is the important thing, and to work toward it. Then, if you decide you wish to do something different, you will at least have been moving, you will have been going somewhere, you will have been learning.”
Louis L'Amour, The Lonesome Gods
“A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself. You have a chance to select from pretty elegant furnishings.”
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“He never knew when he was whipped ... So he never was.......”
Louis L'Amour, To the Far Blue Mountains

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