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"Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content."

These Louis L'Amour Quotes Will Wrap You Up and Never Let Go

Louis L'Amour was a writer and novelist whose passion for the American West translated into his work.

His short-stories touched upon life in the frontier garnering fans everywhere. He's one of the most popular writers of the modern world and the following quotes prove just that.

His words are based around inspiration, whether that was purposeful or not seems to be unimportant as Louis L'Amour's work is extremely profound. He lived a fascinating life which positively influenced his writing.

The novelist is no longer with us but his words and thoughts live on. Whether you need inspiration or to be reminded of the greater things in life, we know you'll appreciate these profound Louis L'Amour quotes.

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Louis L'Amour Quotes

  • "Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content."

  • "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning."

  • "Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen."

  • "Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you."

  • "Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on."

  • "The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for."

  • "A man marries by accident, a woman by design."

  • "A knife is sharpened on stone, steel is tempered by fire, but men must be sharpened by men."

The Best Louis L'Amour Quotes

  • "One thing has always been true: That book or that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend."

  • "There are shadows for the shadows of things, as a reflection seen in a mirror of a mirror. We know there are circles within circles and dimensions beyond dimension. Reality is itself a shadow, only an appearance accepted by those whose eyes shun what might lie beyond."

  • "The mind is a basket . . . if you put nothing in, you get nothing out."

  • "What is education but a conditioning of the mind to a society and a way of life."

  • "People only talk about how wonderful youth is when they have forgotten how hard it was."

  • "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!"

  • "A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination."

  • "She had believed the land was her enemy, and she struggled against it, but you could not make war against a land any more than you could against the sea. One had to learn to live with it, to belong to it, to fit into its seasons and its ways."

  • "To exist is to adapt, and if one could not adapt, one died and made room for those who could."

  • "A mountain man tries to live with the country instead of against it."

  • "To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder."

  • "I fear there will be no future for those who do not change."

  • "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."

Inspiring Louis L'Amour Quotes

  • "Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone."

  • "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning."

  • "Have faith in God but keep your powder dry."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."

  • "The only thing that never changes is that everything changes."

  • "Today is all we have, tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality."

  • "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."

  • "A journey is time suspended."

  • "No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations."

  • "Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value."

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