Bendigo Shafter Quotes.

1. "There can be no living together without understanding, and understanding means compromise. Compromise is not a dirty word, it is the cornerstone of civilization, just as politics is the art of making civilization work. Men do not and cannot and hopefully will never think alike, hence each must yield a little in order to avoid war, to avoid bickering. Men and women meet together and adjust their differences, this is compromise. He who stands unyielding and immovable upon a principle is often a fool, and often bigoted, and usually left standing alone with his principle while other men adjust their differences and go on."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

2. "How many time have I talked with people who have ridden the trails where I have ridden, yet had seen nothing? They passed over the land just to get over it, not to live with it and see it, feel it. There was beauty out there..."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

3. "A forest is a living thing like a human body...each part dependent on all the other parts. A forest needs its birds, its beaver...all its animals and plants. The forest gives shelter to the birds, but they repay the debt with the insects they eat, the droppings they leave, the seeds they carry off to plant elsewhere. The beaver builds dams for himself, but the dams keep water on the land, and although the beaver cut trees to use and to eat, their ponds provide water for the trees during the hot, dry months....Listen, and you can hear the forest breath."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

4. "What we did not possess we had to make for ourselves or learn to do without, but the little I learned helped me to build a defense against the change that time would surely bring, to teach me that to live was to change, and that change was the one irrevocable law. Nothing remained the same."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

5. "Neely grumbled. 'They [Indians] are a murdering lot of savages, and no mention of them in the Bible.' 'What has that to do with it?' John Sampson asked. 'If there's no mention of them,' Neely said, 'they are animals, not men.' 'I don't recall any mention of the English, either,' I said mildly. He gave me a mean look, then changed the subject."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

6. "My friend, there is a Hell. It's when a man has a family to support, has his health and is ready to work, and there is no work to do. When he stands with empty hands and sees his children going hungry, his wife without the things to do with. I hope you never have to try it."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

7. "We are a people of the frontier, born to it, bred to it, looking always toward it. And when the frontiers of our own land are gone, when we have drawn them all into an ordered world, then we must seek other frontiers, the frontiers of the mind beyond which men have not gone, the frontiers that lie out beyond the stars, the frontiers that lie within our own selves, that hold us back from what we would do, what we would achieve."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

8. "I never liked the term mystic as applied to someone or a way of thought. It covers something very profound and an awful lot of nonsense passes as profound thought."
- Louis L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

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