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Few of us ever live in the present we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.
Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now hold your ground and later win a little more.
Historical novels are, without question, the best way of teaching history, for they offer the human stories behind the events and leave the reader with a desire to know more.
Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers for each rage leaves him less than he had been before-it takes something from him.
Revenge could steal a man's life until there was nothing left but emptiness.
For you and me today is all we have tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality.
Man needs so little ... yet he begins wanting so much.
I fear there will be no future for those who do not change.
A man can lose sight of everything else when he's bent on revenge and it ain't worth it.
The wealthy and satisfied do not migrate, they stagnate.
Education is everywhere, prompting one to think, to consider, to remember.
There was a Texas Ranger one time who said that there's no stopping a man who knows he's in the right and keeps a-coming.
Personally, I do not believe the human mind has any limits but those we impose ourselves.
Pa he always said a man had to look spry for himself because nobody would do it for him your opportunities didn't come knocking around you had to hunt them down and hog-tie them.
To live in a city, one must be larger than one's environment or enjoy belonging to the crowd.
Someone has said that culture is what remains with you after you have forgotten all you have read, and I believe there is much truth in that.
Being scared can keep a man from getting killed and often makes a better fighter of him.
If you want the law to leave you alone, keep your hair trimmed and your boots shined.
Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.
Any man can shoot a gun and with practice he can draw fast and shoot accurately but that makes no difference. What counts is how you stand up when somebody is shooting back at you.
I do not think much of ages. People are people. What does it matter how old or young they are? It is a category, and I do not like categories. It is a sort of pigeonhole or a label.
...if we are to become a land of homes and people, evil men must not be allowed to persist in their evil.
A wise man fights to win but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.
To disbelieve is easy to scoff is simple to have faith is harder.
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
It means little to anybody but us. We set store by kinfolk. We've our troubles from time to time, but when one of us is in danger, there'll be help from any who are around.
Many a small man is considered good while he remains small, but let power come to him, and he becomes a raging fury.
Our world is made up of a myriad of microcosms, of tiny worlds, each with its own habitues, every one known to the others.
To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
I really learned how to write from Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, and de Maupassant.
If one really wants to learn, one has to decide what is important. Spending an evening on the town? Attending a ball game? Or learning something that can be with you your life long?
Never can tell when you might come on somebody needs skinning.
Knowledge is like money: To be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.
I've a regard for law, although I do not always agree with it. Without law, man becomes a beast.
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
Only one who has learned much can fully appreciate his ignorance.
There is no miraculous change that takes place in a boy that makes him a man. He becomes a man by being a man.
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.
A man shares his days with hunger thirst and cold with the good times and the bad and the first part of being a man is to understand that.
It is brutal. Only I never could see the sense in having folks look at your tombstone and say, 'He was a man who didn't believe in violence, He's a good man... and dead.
...he'd had the foresight to know that a lot of the savages wear store-bought clothes.
Indeed, I find that distance lends perspective and I often write better of a place when I am some distance from it. One can be so overwhelmed by the forest as to miss seeing the trees.
She'd never been one to think in terms of years, anyway. A person was what they were, and many a man at forty was sixty in his ways and many another was twenty and would never grow past it.
Men strive for peace but it is their enemies that give them strength and I think if man no longer had enemies he would have to invent them for his strength only grows from struggle.
Enemies can be an incentive to survive and become someone in spite of them. Enemies can keep you alert and aware.
A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in it first
This-this was what made life: a moment of quiet the water falling in the fountain the girl's voice ... a moment of captured beauty. He who is truly wise will never permit such moments to escape.
Because a man plays a king superbly well does not mean that he would make a good king.
The desert was a school, a school where each day, each hour, a final examination was offered, where failure meant death and the buzzards landed to correct the papers.
No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.