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Louis L'Amour

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If a man can find dry wood after three days of rain he's a man to ride the river with.
Folks are always talking about how busy a bee is, shows they never really watched a bee.  A bee makes so much fuss with all his perambulating around that folks think they're doing a sight of work, but believe me, I've watched bees by the hour and I can tell you all that buzzing is a big fraud.  The bees I've watched always buzzed in the sunniest places around the best-smelling flowers, just loafing their heads off lusting around in the play of sun and shadow at the swamp's edge.  Busy?  Not so's you could notice.
No... he doesn't understand.  Down here... a man is admired for daring to face another armed man with a pistol and for settling his quarrels bravely.  It isn't a killing that is admired, it is the courage to fight for what you believe.  You won't be admired as the man who killed Cullen Baker, you will be despised as someone who murdered a sleeping man.
No man knew better than he the tricks that Destiny plays on a man, or how often the right man dies at the wrong time and place. A man never wore a gun without inviting trouble, he never stepped into a street and began the gunman's walk without the full knowledge that he might be a shade too slow, that some small thing might disturb him just long enough!
There's more to being a woman than what happens with a man in bed, believe me.  You should learn that.  What you can give a man in bed he can get from any street woman, what he wants from a wife is that, but much more.  He wants tenderness, understanding, the feeling of working together for something.
Swante Taggart had never thought of himself as a brave man.  The very word made him restless and irritable when it came into a conversation, as if men could be divided into the brave and the cowardly, as if brave men were always brave and the cowards always cowardly.  It simply wasn't that way.  A man did what he had to do.
They judge a man out here by his honesty and his courage, and it's right they should.  Most ways a man can go in this country he goes into danger, so you want a man alongside you who has guts.  You don't want to start a wagon across the trails with a coward who'll quit the first time you run into trouble... he'll get you killed.

And if you're doing business out here, a man's word has to be good.  We don't have lawyers and courts to decide, and we don't have a lot of legal nonsense to go through.  If I buy cattle from a man and he tells me he's got ten thousand head, there'd better be ten thousand head... but there will be.  No need to count 'em.

That's why if a man is called a coward or a liar it's a shooting matter.  Nobody wants to associate or do business with either.  Man can't afford to let folks call him either one.

Louis L'Amour
Swante Taggart
Many a time when a girl gets herself involved with romance she is so busy being in love she doesn't realize what it can lead to.  They are all in a rosy sort of glow until suddenly they find out the man they love was great to be in love with, but hell to be married to.
We rode swiftly into the growing light, a tight bunch of armed horsemen, grimfaced and bitter with the loss of Aaron Stark and our cattle.  No longer were we simply hard-working, hard-riding men, no longer quiet men intent on our own affairs.  For riding after lawless men was not simply for revenge or recovery of property; it was necessary if there was to be law, and here there was no law except what right-thinking men made for them selves.


# Year Title Role Series
1 1951 The Rustlers of West Fork Writer Hopalong Cassidy (L'Amour) (1)
2 1954 Crossfire Trail Writer 
3 1955 Guns of the Timberlands Writer 
4 1956 Silver Canyon Writer 
5 1957 Last Stand at Papago Wells Writer 
6 1957 Sitka Writer 
7 1958 Radigan Writer 
8 1959 The First Fast Draw Writer 
9 1959 Taggart Writer 
10 1960 The Daybreakers Writer The Sacketts (1)
11 1960 Flint Writer 
12 1961 Sackett Writer The Sacketts (2)
13 1962 Lando Writer The Sacketts (3)
14 1962 Shalako Writer 
15 1962 High Lonesome Writer 
16 1962 Killoe Writer 
17 1963 Fallon Writer 
18 1963 Catlow Writer 
19 1963 Dark Canyon Writer 
20 1964 Mojave Crossing Writer The Sacketts (4)
21 1965 The Sackett Brand Writer The Sacketts (5)
22 1965 The Key-Lock Man Writer 
23 1965 The High Graders Writer 
24 1966 Mustang Man Writer The Sacketts (6)
25 1966 The Broken Gun Writer 
26 1966 Kid Rodelo Writer 
27 1967 The Sky-Liners Writer The Sacketts (7)
28 1967 Matagorda Writer 
29 1968 Chancy Writer 
30 1969 The Lonely Men Writer The Sacketts (8)
31 1969 The Empty Land Writer 
32 1970 Galloway Writer The Sacketts (9)
33 1971 Under the Sweetwater Rim Writer 
34 1971 North to the Rails Writer Talon and Chantry (1)
35 1972 Ride the Dark Trail Writer The Sacketts (10)
36 1972 Treasure Mountain Writer The Sacketts (11)
37 1973 The Ferguson Rifle Writer Talon and Chantry (2)
38 1973 The Quick and the Dead Writer 
39 1974 Sackett's Land Writer The Sacketts (13)
40 1975 War Party Writer The Sacketts (12)
41 1975 Over on the Dry Side Writer Talon and Chantry (3)
42 1975 The Man from the Broken Hills Writer Talon and Chantry (5)
43 1975 Rivers West Writer Talon and Chantry (4)
44 1976 To the Far Blue Mountain Writer The Sacketts (14)
45 1977 Borden Chantry Writer Talon and Chantry (6)
46 1978 The Mountain Valley War Writer Kilkenny (2)
47 1978 Fair Blows the Wind Writer Talon and Chantry (7)
48 1979 The Iron Marshal Writer 
49 1979 The Proving Trail Writer 
50 1979 Bendigo Shafter Writer 
51 1980 Lonely on the Mountain Writer The Sacketts (15)
52 1980 The Strong Shall Live Writer 
53 1981 Buckskin Run Writer 
54 1981 Comstock Lode Writer 
55 1981 Milo Talon Writer Talon and Chantry (8)
56 1982 The Cherokee Trail Writer 
57 1983 Ride the River Writer The Sacketts (16)
58 1984 The Warrior's Path Writer The Sacketts (17)
59 1984 The Walking Drum Writer 
60 1984 Son of a Wanted Man Writer 
61 1985 Jubal Sackett Writer The Sacketts (18)
62 1985 Passin' Through Writer 
63 1986 Dutchman's Flat Writer 
64 1986 Last of the Breed Writer 
65 1986 Riding for the Brand Writer 
66 1986 The Rider of the Ruby Hills Writer 
67 1986 Night Over the Solomons Writer 
68 1987 West from Singapore Writer 
69 1988 Lonigan Writer 
70 1989 Long Ride Home Writer 
71 1997 End of the Drive Writer The Sacketts (19)

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