Louis L'Amour

(Louis Dearborn L'Amour)

Louis L'Amour
Louis L'Amour
  • Born: March 22, 1908
  • Died: June 10, 1988
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author









Louis Dearborn L'Amour was an American novelist and short-story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work "frontier stories"); however, he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (Haunted Mesa), non-fiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into films. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death almost all of his 105 existing works (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) were still in print, and he was "one of the world's most popular writers".

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A good beginning makes a good end.
A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.
All loose things seem to drift down to the sea, and so did I.
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.
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. Time ;History
He might never really do what he said, but at least he had it in mind. He had somewhere to go.
I don't travel and tell stories, because that's not the way these days. But I write my books to be read aloud, and I think of myself in that oral tradition. Travel
I start with a character and a situation, but I don't know what's going to happen until I write it. Sometimes things happen that surprise me.
I think it's time that we have a women's show about the West. The concentration has been on the men and the Indians. Time ;Women
I think of myself... as a troubadour, a village storyteller, the guy in the shadows of the campfire.
If you write a book about a bygone period that lies east of the Mississippi River, then it's a historical novel. If it's west of the Mississippi, it's a western, a different category. There's no sense to it.
I'm actually writing history. It isn't what you'd call big history. I don't write about presidents and generals... I write about the man who was ranching, the man who was mining, the man who was opening up the country. History
Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Money, Coins & Minting
No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.
No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning. Time
To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder. Religion & God
To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.