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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.
- Louis L'Amour | Acceptance Quotes
A mountain man tries to live with the country instead of against it.
- Louis L'Amour | Acceptance Quotes
One learns to adapt to the land in which one lives.
- Louis L'Amour | Acceptance Quotes
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.
- Louis L'Amour | Acceptance Quotes
You can't fight the desert... you have to ride with it.
- Louis L'Amour | Acceptance Quotes
To exist is to adapt, and if one could not adapt, one died and made room for those who could.
- Louis L'Amour | Acceptance Quotes
A body shouldn't heed what might be. He's got to do with what is.
- Louis L'Amour | Acceptance Quotes
Hate would destroy him who hated.
- Louis L'Amour | Forgiveness Quotes
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.
- Louis L'Amour | Forgiveness Quotes
Revenge could steal a man's life until there was nothing left but emptiness.
- Louis L'Amour | Forgiveness Quotes
A man can lose sight of everything else when he's bent on revenge, and it ain't worth it.
- Louis L'Amour | Forgiveness Quotes
Man needs so little ... yet he begins wanting so much.
- Louis L'Amour | Forgiveness Quotes
To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.
- Louis L'Amour | Faith and Unity Quotes
I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody.
- Louis L'Amour | Self-Acceptance Quotes
My future is one I must make myself.
- Louis L'Amour | Self-Reliance Quotes
Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. ... Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.
- Louis L'Amour | Self-Reliance Quotes
I would not sit waiting for some value tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime. ... I would make something happen.
- Louis L'Amour | Self-Reliance Quotes
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.
- Louis L'Amour | Self-Reliance Quotes
Few of us ever live in the present, we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.
- Louis L'Amour | The Present Quotes
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.
- Louis L'Amour | This Moment Quotes
I have been nothing ... but there is tomorrow.
- Louis L'Amour | The Future Quotes
Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.
- Louis L'Amour | The Future Quotes
For you and me, today is all we have; tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality.
- Louis L'Amour | The Future Quotes
I fear there will be no future for those who do not change.
- Louis L'Amour | The Future Quotes
The one law that does not change is that everything changes, and the hardship I was bearing today was only a breath away from the pleasures I would have tomorrow, and those pleasures would be all the richer because of the memories of this I was enduring.
- Louis L'Amour | Difficult Days Quotes
There is no miraculous change that takes place in a boy that makes him a man. He becomes a man by being a man.
- Louis L'Amour | Positive Quotes
The wind was cold off the mountains and I was a naked man with enemies behind me, and nothing before me but hope.
- Louis L'Amour | Hope Quotes
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.
- Louis L'Amour | Motivation Quotes
A body shouldn't heed what might be. He's got to do with what is.
He might never really do what he said, but at least he had it in mind. He had somewhere to go.
- Louis L'Amour | Goals Quotes
A man who says he has never been scared is either lying or else he's never been any place or done anything.
- Louis L'Amour | Fear Quotes
Being scared can keep a man from getting killed, and often makes a better fighter of him.
A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.
- Louis L'Amour | Worry Quotes
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.
- Louis L'Amour | Success Quotes
What a man wants to do he generally can do, if he wants to badly enough.
It is better to have no emotion when it is work. Do what needs to be done, and do it coolly.
- Louis L'Amour | Work Quotes
Victory is won not in miles, but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more.
- Louis L'Amour | Time Quotes
He never knew when he was whipped ... so he never was.
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.
One thing we learned. To make a start and keep plugging. When I had fights at school, the little while I went, I just bowed my neck and kept swinging until something hit the dirt. Sometimes it was me, but I always got up.
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.
- Louis L'Amour | Adversity Quotes
Enemies can be an incentive to survive and become someone in spite of them. Enemies can keep you alert and aware.
- Louis L'Amour | Adversity Quotes
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.
- Louis L'Amour | Events Quotes


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