Louis L'Amour Quotes

Most popular Louis L'Amour 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.

self-determination

Strength only grows from struggle.

struggle

Adventure is nothing but a romantic name for trouble.

adventure

Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content!

contentment

What is today accepted as truth will tomorrow prove to be only amusing.
— Louis L'Amour
A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.

winning & losing defeat

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

beginnings

Sometimes we have the dream but we are not ourselves ready for the dream.  We have to grow to meet it.

dreams

A sword is never enough.  The mind is also a weapon, but like the sword it must be honed and kept sharp.

mind

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

victory

No man can put a rope on the past and hope to snub it down. The best thing is to learn to ride the new trails.

the past

Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.

mind

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

memory

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

memory

I'm like a big old hen.  I can't cluck too much about the egg I've just laid because five more are pushing to come out.
Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.

knowledge

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 some pretty elegant furnishings.

mind

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.

enemies

The first goal need not be the final one, for a sailing ship sails first by one wind, then another. The point is that it is always going somewhere, proceeding toward a final destination.

destination goals

One day I was speeding along at the typewriter, and my daughter—who was a child at the time—asked me, "Daddy, why are you writing so fast?"  And I replied, "Because I want to see how the story turns out!"

writing

Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate.  Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I will be tomorrow.  The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.

blame weakness responsibility

It is often said that one has but one life to live, but that is nonsense.  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.

reading