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

— Louis L'Amour

The most interesting Louis L'Amour quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.


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.


Actually, all education is self-education.

A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you receive is like the outlines in a child’s coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself.

Louis L'Amour quote I am somebody. I am me. I like being me.

I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody.


Victory is won not in miles but in inches.

Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.


The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail.

Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for.


If you're going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write.

Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.


Long ago I learned nothing gets done by just wishing it. You have to do it.


There is nothing more dangerous than a woman with a shotgun.

Because you don't know when it's going to go off...and neither does she.


The saddle is a place for dreaming when there's hours of trail ahead.


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


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. Those who are truly wise will never permit such moments to escape.


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


About Louis L'Amour

Quotes 202 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

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


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.


One who returns to a place sees it with new eyes.

Although the place may not have changed, the viewer inevitably has. For the first time things invisible before become suddenly visible.


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.


You are your own best teacher. My advice is to question all things. Seek for answers, and when you find what seems to be an answer, question that, too.


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.


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


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.


Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.


I am somebody. I am me. And I don't need anybody to make me somebody.


To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.


The thieves and killers are goin' to have guns, so if the honest men don't have 'em they just make it easier for the vicious.


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


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.


Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.


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.


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.


Power not only corrupts he who wields the power but those who submit to it.

Those who grovel at the feet of power betray their fellows to hide themselves behind the cloak of submission. It is an evil thing.


A ship does not sail with yesterday's wind.


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.


The fact of the matter is that poor men do not often steal, and when they do, it is petty theft, something to eat or perhaps an item of clothing to keep them from the cold. Thieves are usually those who have something and want more.


No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.


A book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.


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


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.


The only way men or women can be judged is against the canvas of their own time.


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


It is not enough to do, one must also become.

I wish to be wiser, stronger, better. This--" I held out my hands "--this thing that is me is incomplete. It is only the raw material with which I have to work. I want to make it better than I received it.


Knowledge was not meant to be locked behind doors.

It breathes best in the open air where all men can inhale its essence.


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


If you wait for inspiration, you're not a writer, but a waiter.


violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights, then men are really in trouble.


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


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


Living a life is much like climbing mountains-the summits are always further off than you think, but when a man has a goal, he always feels he's working toward something.


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


Neither drink [coffee or tea] was known in Frankish lands, but seated in the coffeehouses, I drank of each at various times, twirling my moustache and listening with attention to that headier draught, the wine of the intellect, that sweet and bitter juice distilled from the vine of thought and the tree of man's experience.