Louis L'Amour, fully Louis Dearborn L'Amour

Louis
L'Amour, fully Louis Dearborn L'Amour
1908
1988

American Author of primarily Western Fiction Novels, considered one of the world's most popular writers

Author Quotes

What a man wants to do he generally can do, if he wants to badly enough.

You stick your finger in the water and you pull it out, and that is how much of a hole you leave when you're gone.

What can the will do when the heart commands?

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.

What people speak of as adventure is something nobody in his right mind would seek out, and it becomes romantic only when one is safely at home.

When a man is one of a kind, he will be lonely wherever he is.

When at the typewriter I am no longer where I sit but am away across the mountains, in ancient cities or on the Great Plains among the buffalo. Often I think of what pitiful fools are those who use mind-altering drugs to seek feelings they do not have, each drug taking a little more from what they have of mind, leaving them a little less. Give the brain encouragement from study, from thinking, from visualizing, and no drugs are needed.

When guns are outlawed only the outlaws will have guns.

When I was a small boy I often went to the woods to lie on the grass in the shade. Somehow I had come to believe the earth could give me wisdom, but it did not. Yet I learned a little about animals and learned it is not always brave to make a stand. It is often foolish. There is a time for courage and a time for flight.

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.

Who the devil are you? Not the devil, Mr. Sardust, but like him, I can open the gates to hell. I'm Mordecai Sackett. You ready to go?

Without books we should very likely be a still-primitive people living in the shadow of traditions that faded with years until only a blur remained, and different memories would remember the past in different ways. A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.Without books we should very likely be a still-primitive people living in the shadow of traditions that faded with years until only a blur remained, and different memories would remember the past in different ways. A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.

We accept the verdict of the past until the need for change cries out loudly enough to force upon us a choice between the comforts of further inertia and the irksomeness of action.

Womenfolks have powerful imaginations when it comes to a man, an? she can read things into him he never knew was there, and like as not, they ain?t!

We are, finally, all wanderers in search of knowledge. Most of us hold the dream of becoming something better than we are, something larger, richer, in some way more important to the world and ourselves. Too often, the way taken is the wrong way, with too much emphasis on what we want to have, rather than what we wish to become.

You can't fight the desert... you have to ride with it.

We do not at present educate people to think but, rather, to have opinions, and that is something altogether different.

You could always tell a boy who'd been tryin' to court one of Jack Ben's girls because he walked kind of straight up an' bent back, and he never set down nowhere. That was because of the rock salt ol' Jack Ben kep' in his shotgun.

We'd better give the boys a chance to blow off some steam. They'd better blow it careful, I said. Some of those Canadians are mighty rough. Nice folks, but they can handle themselves.

You ever been to Wyoming? I asked him. Or Montana?

We'll find him then and see he's freed, if I have to bring all the Sacketts down from the hills. How many are there? Of the Sacketts, I mean? Nobody rightly knows, but even one Sackett is quite a few.

You runnin' scared? she scoffed. First time I ever heard of a Sackett runnin'unless pa was a-shootin' at him.

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.

Even those who fancy themselves the most progressive will fight against other kinds of progress, for each of us is convinced that our way is the best way.

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.

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First Name
Louis
Last Name
L'Amour, fully Louis Dearborn L'Amour
Birth Date
1908
Death Date
1988
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American Author of primarily Western Fiction Novels, considered one of the world's most popular writers