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Western Wisdom

I love a good western novel. Louis L’Amour did more than pen a good book he shared insights for good living. Here are a few of my favorite lines from his series, The Sacketts.

“History is not made only by kings and parliaments, presidents, wars, and generals. It is the story of people, of their love, honor, faith, hope and suffering; of birth and death, of hunger, thirst and cold, of loneliness and sorrow.”

— The Sackett’s Land, preface

“Each man owes a debt to his family, his country and his species to leave sons and daughters who will lead, inspire and create.”

— The Sackett’s Land, ch 2

“To be born of an eminent family is nothing if you are nothing yourself.”

— The Sackett’s Land, ch 2

“Most who traveled understood why the word “travel” had once been “travail.”

— The Sackett’s Land, ch 3

“The man’s nae to be trusted. Take the coppers from a dead man’s eyes, he would, and might even hasten the dying.”

–The Sackett’s Land, ch 3

“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.”

— Barnabas Sackett, Sackett’s Land, Ch4

“Circumstance and heritage had produced a certain piece of raw material, the very raw material that was me.”

— Barnabas Sackett, Sackett’s Land, Ch5

“The interest of great men is flattering, but I had no faith in such matters. I had found no luck and no opportunity except that I made.”

— Barnabas Sackett, Sackett’s Land, Ch6

“Much of what any of us do comes to nothing, yet I notice that whatever you do has at least an intelligence.”

— Jublain, Sackett’s Land, Ch6

“A man needs heroes. He needs to believe in strength, nobility and courage. Otherwise we become sheep to be herded to the slaughterhouse of death. I believe this. I am a soldier. I try to fight for the right cause. Sometimes it is hard to know. But I do not sit back and sneer in cowardice at those with the courage to fight. The blood of good men makes the earth rich, as it is here. When I die sword in hand, I hope someone lives to sing of it. I live my life so that when death comes I may die well. I ask no more.”

— Barnabas Sackett, Sackett’s Land, Ch6

“Unless one is at heart a rascal, I think he becomes a little better in many ways by assuming leadership.”

— Barnabas Sackett, Sackett’s Land, Ch12

“The place a man leaves is in the hearts of those he leaves behind, and in his work, not upon a slab.”

— Sackett’s Land, Ch12

“He rode because he was Jeremy Ring, a gallant follower of lost or flimsy causes, a poet with a sword, a man for whom life was a thing to be nobly used, not allowed to rust or wither and decay. He had missed his chances elsewhere, this one he would not miss.”

— Sackett’s Land, Ch19


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