Last week, an issue based on search and searching.  This week, in lieu of the full newsletter, a page of quotes on searching for love:   


Next week, a return to the regular Post & Review format – theme word:   mirror

Until then, be safe by playing it safe. Mask or vax, please. You are more important than you think.
~the editor

NOTE from the Editor:
After twenty months away, preparations have begun in earnest for my return to Oregon from pandemic-lockdown in Colombia. The final work on my two volume, six novelette set, Archipelago & Oakley, will become the focus of my efforts until completion this summer. To accommodate the needs of both the Post & Review and the publishing process, this newsletter will go from a weekly to a bi-weekly publication.

A way is being sought to provide a complete list of themed words explored in quotes by the Post & Review over the last fifteen months. Stay tuned.



Quoted In The Grove:    Search

You’re searching… For things that don’t exist; I mean beginnings. Ends and beginnings – there are no such things. There are only middles.
~Robert Frost

Shake structures. School yourself. Look twice at a thing, once upside down. Answer yourself clearly.
~Mary Anne Radmacher

One can think effectively only when one is willing to endure suspense and to undergo the trouble of searching.
~John Dewey

People hate searching.
~Sam Altman



Prewritten Prompt for 05/16:   mirror



What a fearfully distracting, perplexing and heart-searching business it is to live.
~Dorothy Canfield Fisher

No man, with a man’s heart in him gets far on his way without some bitter, soul-searching disappointment. Happy is he who is brave enough to push on to another stage of the journey.
~John Mason Brown

It may actually be more healthy to be disturbed, confused, or searching than confident, certain, and secure.
~Mark Scandrette

Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.
~Robert Breault


Every moment of searching is a moment of encounter.
~Paulo Coelho

Each moment spent searching is also a moment spent finding.
~Paulo Coelho

Searching and the route we take are more important than making a find.
~Yehudi Menuhin

It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on, coughing and searching, and finding.
~Markus Zusak


We can all afford to do a little soul-searching about the choices we make and the way we live our lives, but sometimes searching one’s soul doesn’t provide the answers we seek.
~Danielle de Niese

I brought you here to tell you this: sometimes what we are searching for does not exist. We may sacrifice for it, even bleed for it, but it was never meant to be ours.
~Esther Dalseno

The trouble with trying to find a brown-covered book among brown leaves and brown water at the bottom of a ditch of brown earth in the brown, well, grayish light of dawn, was that you couldn’t.
~Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

What should I possibly have to tell you, oh venerable one? Perhaps that you’re searching far too much? That in all that searching, you don’t find the time for finding?
~Hermann Hesse

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Posted From The Grove

We have always been searching for home. It’s in our art… our religion… everything.
~Richard Blanco

Some are born in their place, some find it, some realize after long searching that the place they left is the one they have been searching for.
~Wallace Stegner

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
~George Moore

My way is set as in stone, and I don’t feel the need to veer off any longer. It has taken many days of searching and fighting, but in the end I have found what I was looking for. I have found my way home.
~Patrick Carman

I was searching all the time for something that I’d never lost or left behind.
~Jim Croce

I have read somewhere that we often spend a lifetime searching for what we already have.
~Mary Balogh


Home can be the friend you have been searching for all your life or the person you met once very briefly.
~Ben Okri

For years I’ve been searching for a homeland, finally I found it in you
~Seja Majeed


If travel is searching and home what’s been found, I’m not stopping. I’m going hunting.

As long as we keep searching, the answers come.
~Joan Baez



~Mantl Reps:  Search   (2:05)   the quest, in free form


~DVP: “Searching For” Teaser   (2:00)   main character: snow


~Francis Theo:  Searching My Root   (4:38)   hand-drawn book, record of journey to roots


~Lifetime:  Searching for Neverland   (1:35)   lesson for the Moonwalk



A man searching for paradise lost can seem a fool to those who never sought the other world.
~Jim Morrison

Listen to your own voice. Don’t listen to someone else’s. To me the way to live is to always move forward – to keep searching for whatever it is that interests you.
~Neil Young

I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going, keep going come what may.
~Vincent Van Gogh


I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
~Anna Quindlen

When searching for harmony in life one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators.
~Niels Bohr

In the beginning, I was searching for myself in my music. My music was for me. I didn’t have the mental room to be conscious of the listener; I wrote to save myself.
~Ayumi Hamasaki

I don’t make changes to confuse anyone. I’m just searching. That’s what causes me to change. I’m just searching for myself.
~David Bowie

In search of myself, I have created myself.
~Ljupka Cvetanova


In searching for the self, one cannot simultaneously be the hunter and the hunted.
~Gilbert Ryle

Most people are searching for a path to success that is both easy and certain. Most paths are neither.
~Seth Godin

I was searching for someone who could make me happy and then I saw myself in the mirror and realized it was me.
~Harish Muralidhar




A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

Genuine heroes – no batteries needed – bring lots of open-mind and at least a little courage.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A warrior never gives in to fear when he is searching for what he needs.
~Paulo Coelho

You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.
~Les Brown

The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
~Barbara De Angelis

He did not waste time in a vain search for a place in history.
~Dejan Stojanovic


For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
~Clifton Fadiman

Better you don’t search for who you are until you know who it is you want to find.
~Robert Brault

The very first step in searching for a person, place, or thing, is to define exactly what it is you seek.
~James A Murphy

The voyage of discovery is not in looking for new landscapes, but in looking with new eyes
~Marcel Proust

What you discover on your own is always more exciting than what someone else discovers for you; it’s like the marriage between romantic love and an arranged marriage.
~Terrence Rafferty

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge.
~Robert Staughton Lynd



~Dust:  Seechers   (17:20)   seeker’s adventure story


~Omeleto:  Sisters   (10:54)   just because



What I keep searching for in movies, more and more, is the right gravity.
~Lorenzo di Bonaventura

If you will stop all searching right now and tell the truth to yourself…

When you are searching for knowledge, knowledge is also searching for you.
~Debasish Mridha, MD


We ascribe meanings because it is our nature to do so. We can no more see a thing without searching for a meaning than we can see a snag in a robe without pulling on the loose thread.
~Kij Johnson

Every human being is searching for a deep sense of meaning, and yet we’re all chasing success. We’ve confused one for the other.
~Donald Miller

To me, I think I’m just going to keep focused and forward on what I’m doing, work-wise, rather than searching for any kind of meaning in it.
~Joel Edgerton


Learning is searching; anything else is just waiting.
~Dale Dauten

You discover nothing; you only learn of what you have been ignorant of so far.
~Lamine Pearlheart

Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life.
~Les Brown

I’m interested in people who have lived, who are searching and questioning.
~Maria Bello

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.
~Jimmy Buffett




“Art is a kind of mining,” he said. “The artist a variety of prospector searching for the sparkling silver of meaning in the earth.”
~Jane Urquhart

You cannot gather much truth by searching the fields; you must sink shafts.
~Austin O’Malley


Painters are amongst the priests – worker priests of the cult of man – searching to understand but never know.
~Brice Marden

The world becomes more rewarding when you let yourself look beyond what you’re searching for.
~Candy Chang

Creativity exists more in the searching than in the finding.
~Stephen Nachmanovitch

Painting to me is constant searching. I can see what I want, but I can’t get there, and yet you have to be open enough that if it goes another way, then let it go that way.
~Jamie Wyeth

Horror films do not prepare us for the hours lost in searching after one clear thought.
~Norman Mailer

Artists are always searching for beauty – and when they find it and fashion it in their own unique way – it does not seem too important to analyze how it came about.
~John Kurtz


There is a danger of changing too much in the search of perfection.
~Agnetha Faltskog

To me, searching for perfection isn’t anywhere near as interesting as trying to find your own voice.
~Charlie Trotter


Roaming through the jungle of “Ohs” and “Ahs” searching for a more agreeable noise, I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats.
~Duke Ellington

The most important thing in a piece of music is to seduce people to the point where they start searching.
~Brian Eno

It’s interesting when something new comes along, a band of dwarfs playing electronic harps or something, but I’m not searching.
~Jimmy Page

I am searching for the truth. Somewhere, it’s in the music.
~Paula Cole

Music is love searching for a word.
~Sidney Lanier


When you’re obsessive, like me, searching for something unattainable can become unhealthy… it’s like falling through the air and grabbing at the clouds.
~Jonny Wilkinson

I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.
~Barbra Streisand

I am a searcher… I always was… and I still am… searching for the missing piece.
~Louise Bourgeois



~HomeStrum:  Searching for   (3:25)   …and finding


INXS:  Searching   (4:40)   alone and searchin’, in concert


~Giana:  searching for love   (2:04)   love or lie


~Mazaury Delgado:  The Search   (1:30)   layers falling away, Lana del Ray sings



Having perfected our disguise, we spend our lives searching for someone we don’t fool.
~Robert Breault

In this world, it is too common for people to search for someone to lose themselves in. But I am already lost. I will look for someone to find myself in.
~C JoyBell C

When you are lost in the right way, you don’t go back to being found in the wrong way.
~Melody Lee


I did the searching and remembering, she did the disappearing and the forgetting.
~Ann Brashares

Where did all those feelings go? People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?
~Nicola Yoon

There is so much hurt in this game of searching for a mate, of testing, trying. And you realize suddenly that you forgot it was a game, and turn away in tears.
~Sylvia Plath

What the world’s million lips are searching for, must be substantial somewhere.
~William Butler Yeats


Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves.
~Haruki Murakami

What the poet is searching for is not the fundamental I, but the deep you.
~Antonio Machado

The fact is, you can’t marry the best when you’re dating the runner-up. While you’re searching for Mr. Right, don’t settle for Mr. Right Now.
~Craig Groeschel

That’s the mistake people make – always searching for the perfect match, when they would be just as happy if they settled for somebody reasonably good.
~Farahad Zama

NOTE:  There are too many quotes on searching for love, and a separate quote page has been created for a more nuanced approach to this task.  Click here to view







I have spent a lot of time searching through the Bible for loopholes.
~W C Fields

One who roams the channels after dark, searching for buried treasure.
~Harriet Van Horne

Searching through Monster.com while on the clock feels like being on Tinder while still married.
~Crystal Woods

Here I am flying high over enemy lines in my Sopwith Camel searching for the Red Baron. Who’s that behind me? It’s the Red Baron! He has me in his sights! Give my regards to Broadway.
~Charles M Schulz

I’m not looking in every nook and cranny for it. I’ll do the nooks. No way I left my keys in some fucking cranny.”
~Bo Burnham


Every Librarian is a highly trained agent. An expert in intelligence, counterintelligence, Boolean searching, and hand-to-hand combat.
~Mac Barnett

He looked at her with his green don’t-lie-to-me-woman eyes and Scarlet dropped her guilty gaze to the mahogany desktop, searching around until she found a paperweight shaped like a pyramid to stare at.
~Chelsea Fine

If I’m researching something strange and rococo, I’ll go to the London Library or the British Library and look it up in books.
~Ben Schott

Abode where lost bodies roam, each searching for its lost one.
~Samuel Beckett

One can spend too much of one’s life locked in stuffy rooms seeking out obscure truths, searching, researching, until one is too old to enjoy life.
~Jimmy Sangster



Road, Klamath Series
© David Lorenz Winston



It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered – so many locks not enough keys.
~Sarah Dessen

All the clues are there in front of us,
hidden under a veil
we cannot get the clue by searching for it,
we have to search for the veil instead.
~Arkopaul Das

If you are searching for sacred knowledge and not just a palliative for your fears, then you will train yourself to be a good skeptic.
~Ann Druyan

I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn’t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even what the word faith meant, in all of it’s complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.
~Cheryl Strayed


There is a difference between finding trouble in your path and going out of your way searching for it.
~R A Salvatore

The gods know what’s important, what’s wrong about you. They know everything. If you go out searching for the Holy Grail, they won’t let you find it.
~Tom Spanbauer

In the beginning the gods did not at all reveal all things clearly to mortals, but by searching, men in the course of time, find them out better.

If we have too much clarity, we might not be compelled to continue searching for new ideas.
~Rirkrit Tiravanija

You will find the Divine in the last place, because once you find it, you will not go on searching.
~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Daddy was always searching for new adventure – always looking for a revelation. He used to say ‘If you climb every mountain and walk into every valley, one day you’ll surprise the Great Creator at his work.
~John McLay

Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost.
~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


I was emotionally and spiritually dried up, so I was just searching for God.
~Scott Stapp

I’ve been praying to God to show me how to forgive myself. Because… maybe… that’s the thing I’ve been searching for.
~Mary J Blige

Our life is not given to us like an opera libretto, in which all is written down; but it means going, walking, doing, searching, seeing…. We must enter into the adventure of the quest for meeting God; we must let God search and encounter us.
~Pope Francis

God is not a celestial prison warden jangling the keys on a bunch of lifers – he’s a shepherd seeking for sheep, a woman searching for coins, a father waiting for his son.
~Clarence Jordan


Still amazes me that people spend more time researching a new vehicle than they do the religion they entrust their souls to.
~Larissa Ione

“It sounds to me, young one,” Haddek said, “that you are searching for something that cannot be found.” “The truth?” Sazed said. “No,” Haddek replied. “A religion that requires no faith of its believers.”
~Brandon Sanderson

It is not only that there is no hiding place for the gods from the searching telescope and microscope; there is no such society any more as the gods once supported.
~Joseph Campbell

Doubt is part of searching. Same as faith.
~Gayle Forman


Reporters are faced with the daily choice of painstakingly researching stories or writing whatever people tell them. Both approaches pay the same.
~Scott Adams

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@Writers Platform

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
~E L Doctorow

Writers are notorious for using any reason to keep from working: over-researching, retyping, going to meetings, waxing the floors – anything.
~Gloria Steinem

Outlining is not writing. Coming up with ideas is not writing. Researching is not writing. Creating characters is not writing. Only writing is writing.
~Harlan Coben

There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.
~David McCullough


The man who comes to writing late, but is in essence a writer, may sometimes gain as much as he has lost: his experience of life has given him a subject, he is spared the youthful writer’s self-torment and soul-searching.
~Wright Morris

Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.
~Anne Lamott


Reporters are faced with the daily choice of painstakingly researching stories or writing whatever people tell them. Both approaches pay the same.
~Scott Adams

We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives which are different and yet the same.
~Anne Frank

Never be grandiloquent when you want to drive home a searching truth. Don’t whip with a switch that has the leaves on, if you want it to tingle.
~Henry Ward Beecher

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.
~John Irving


The good writer and the good actor are always searching for what is essential. It is a never-ending task because what is essential is always elusive and, therefore, fascinating.
~Glenda Jackson

I have never had time for the idea of searching. Whenever I wanted to express something, I did so without thinking of the past or the future.
~Pablo Picasso


Writing is a process of creating yourself again and again for an ever-searching mind.
~Debasish Mridha

I guess there’s a sort of cycle with writing books. There’s all the researching and then the imagining and writing – which is the real job – and then there’s always a period when the book comes out and you have to lift your head and venture out.
~Monica Ali



Prewritten Prompt:   search



Science never gives up searching for truth, since it never claims to have achieved it.
~John Charles Polanyi

Well, it’s not easy to find something that you do not know exists.
~Patricia Nedelea

When you don’t know what you’re searching for, you have to look absolutely everywhere.
~Holly Black

If I had the choice of knowing the truth or searching for the truth, I’d take the search.
~Walker Percy

We’re searching for the answers so we can destroy them and dream up better questions.
~Rob Brezsny


There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.
~Mira Grant



The Exercise:


whole and entire
no missing pieces here
verified, matter of pride
still, life needs a reason
for getting up

a search, perhaps
but not for need of:
love or God
peace or purpose
revenge or happiness,
knowledge (ahead and sprinting)
fame (evanescence in print)
riches (enviable pocket lint)
others to blame
nor any other half

whole and entire
no missing pieces here
verified true, matter of pride
still, life needs a reason
for getting up, he wrote
before he died


the calling

seek to survive
search to destroy
sense the connection
serve and protect

dangers of anger and bullets
split instants, spent decisions
same bequest old untamed west
guns ‘n justice lawman’s quest

with a will to kill
the drama rages
heroes with honor
thugs with badges




Is this the quest
or merely a question
a search for solutions
non-pontificating answers
rough with the instinctive
feel of justice
the herding of humanity
from the edge, or…?
The answer is: no



bare hunting reason
loaded guns primed, cocked for game
knee-jerk search for love
springtime and mating season
dark den alone feeling safe


5-7-5 x 5

eyes wide in surprise
lips big O, freeze in rictus
failed search for a laugh


green worlds gone dead brown
black clouds boil, roil blue skylines
search signs of clear rain


call me the diner
searching for your recipe
taste and smell of love


alive now today
eight billion universes
yours I search to find


frank need and blind faith
scant evidence for a god
why i search for You



I’m not searching for the truth. That’s too much pressure.
~Paul Beatty

Inspiration never arrived when you were searching for it.
~Lisa Alther


Many researchers say the dominant emotion experienced after loss is yearning or searching. And while you might feel more anger early on, it’s accompanied by a whole host of other feelings.
~Meghan O’Rourke

There is no fury like an ex-wife searching for a new lover.
~Cyril Connolly


An audience is perhaps unnecessary to the soul-searching mystic, but it is vital to the magician, the maker of prodigies.
~Domenico Gnoli

Psychologists are men with nothing in their own minds, searching in the minds of others for an idea – in order to kill it.
~Harry Hooton


How beautiful the world was when one looked at it, without searching… just looked, simply and innocently.
~Hermann Hesse

I promise if you keep searching for everything beautiful in this world, you will eventually become it.
~Tyler Kent


At a certain point in his life he stopped searching for himself in everything that exists and gave in to temptations. Or, as you say, he sinned and later fled.
~Laura Esquivel

There is a difference between image and reputation. Image is nice. Reputation is developed over an entire career. Reputation is what I’m searching for.
~Alex Rodriguez


Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching.
~Siddhartha Mukherjee

The way you discover your gifts is really by serving not by searching.
~Loren Cunningham


I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
~Michel de Montaigne

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.


The devil is everywhere under the skin of things, searching for a way into the light.
~J M Coetzee

Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.
~Benjamin Franklin


Go where you will, if a shilling can there be procured, you may expect to meet with individuals in search of it.
~John James Audubon

Most likely there is someone searching for what you already know and take for granted.
~Jeffrey C Wickey

The greatest asset, even in this country, is not oil and gas. It’s integrity. Everyone is searching for it, asking, ‘Who can I do business with that I can trust?’
~George Foreman


Danger is the very basis of superstition. It produces a searching after help supernaturally when human means are no longer supposed to be available.
~Benjamin Haydon

The known was so depressing, it was hard to feel anxious about the unknown, and so searching for something else seemed natural.
~Addison Lane

Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.
~Anais Nin


We are not more ingenious in searching out bad motives for good actions when performed by others, than good motives for bad actions when performed by ourselves.
~Charles Caleb Colton

We must leave this terrifying place to-morrow and go searching for sunshine.
~F Scott Fitzgerald


Many never realize they always had the key in their pocket, so they die at the locked door, never reaching deep inside to pull it out.
~Anthony Liccione

With considerable soul searching, that to the utmost of my ability, I have let truth be the prejudice.
~W Eugene Smith


I have found that searching for insight is more often than not a path to total darkness
~Andrew McMahon

What I think is this: You should give up looking for lost cats and start searching for the other half of your shadow.
~Haruki Murakami

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
~Carl Jung

Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.
~Amit Ray

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
~Marcus Aurelius

We were searching for ourselves in each other.
~Sergei Parajanov


When you’re looking for someone, you’re looking for some aspect of yourself, even if you don’t know it … What we’re searching for is what we lack.
~Sam Shepard

Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place… Nothing outside you can give you any place… In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.
~Flannery O’Connor


If we’re missing life it’s probably because we’re expecting it to reveal itself to us, rather than realizing that life is revealed by us looking for it.
~Craig D Lounsbrough

Truth waits to be found. It searches for no one.
~Suzy Kassem


The world has been searching for you. It needs people who will step up and stand in the gap – those who aren’t afraid to step off the sidelines and into how big is your dream.
~John A Andrews


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Quoted In The Grove:   Cowboy

A cowboy is a hired hand on the middle of a horse contemplating the hind end of a cow.
~Edward Abbey

Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think. That’s why so many cowboys fancied themselves Philosophers.
~Charles Marion Russell

We have a sense that we should be like the mythical cowboy… able to take on and conquer anything and live in the world without the need for other people.
~Morrie Schwartz

Where the leather is scarred, there is a great story to tell.
~Jimmy Tart


Prewritten Prompt for 04/25:   search



Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in.
~Will Rogers

That was the trouble with explaining with words. If you explained with gunpowder, people listened.
~Dean F Wilson

Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.
~Texas Bix Bender

Grandpa Patterson used to say: Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.
~Debbie Macomber

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.
~Judge Roy Bean

Always drink upstream from the herd.
~Will Rogers



Posted From The Grove

First buy a cowboy hat and boots. Then you’re on your way to being a Texan.
~James A Michener

I have horses, I drive a truck, and I wear cowboy boots. First, I’m a Texan.
~Henry Thomas

I thought of telling him that if it wasn’t for Oklahoman cowboys and Mexican whores having a bit of fun, there would’ve been no Texans, but that would be counterproductive.
~Ilona Andrews


They gave me the chaps and hat and everything. I looked like a real cowboy. I walked around the rodeo and thought, I am a real cowboy and thought everyone thought I was a real cowboy. I was feeling real good and real manly. Until a real cowboy walked by and told me I had my hat on backwards. So much for my career as a cowboy.
~Michael Biehn

It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
~Will Rogers


People in Texas wear cowboy hats; they’re good at keeping the sun off your neck and face.
~Taylor Sheridan

I’m scared of snakebites – that’s the origin of cowboy boots, protection – but my toes need to breathe.
~Gavin McInnes

America had, for one thing, lived in anarchy for – until much more recently than Europe. We had the Wild West, where the cliché of the cowboy movies was the nearest sheriff is 90 miles away, and so you had to pack a gun and defend yourself.
~Steven Pinker

I will say that cowboy hats and boots replaced our flowing robes and spiritual good looks. At least for the time being! In that central-Oregon desert where thousands would eventually come, work became our meditation.

Boots, chaps and cowboy hats. Nothing else matters.


No man should have cowboys boots in his wardrobe. That’s fair enough, isn’t it? Unless you’re a cowboy, of course.
~Paul Weller

I’m 5’11, so when I wear heels, it’s definitely a really good view that I have. I’m, like, 6’2 when I wear heels, so I tend to wear cowboy boots a lot.
~Taylor Swift

I like crazy shoes or unusual cowboy boots and I collect big belt buckles.
~Patricia Cornwell

I own now, I think about 38 pairs of cowboy boots, or 37, something like that now.
~Skylar Laine

I don’t like kitten heels. I just don’t think they are an attractive shoe because they always look so stumpy. And I would never wear cowboy boots: a pointy toe and little heel is just not my thing.
~Jessica Hart



~Ryan Wood,  poem by Baxter Black   (3:06)   so, ya wanna rodeo


~Great Big Story: How to Run Away and Join the Circus   (2:51)   …and why



Despite common belief, Levi Strauss & Co. did not invent what we know as “jeans”: there were plenty of similar denim pants made before. However, by adding rivets to areas that typically undertook the most stress, such as the pockets, Levi’s found a way to make pants that would stand the test of time.
~Sara Idacavage

The story of Levi Strauss and the invention of blue jeans is mostly legend with threads of truth, which my version stretches to near popping
~Tony Johnston

Cowboys wearing Levi’s gave the brand a rugged spirit of individualism. Casual and accessible, denim jeans were embraced by American youth as a symbol of rebellion.
~Nick Carbone


I came in with my idea of what a cowboy would wear, but then I met some real cowboys and they said that I rode the horses well, shoed the horses, but no good cowboy would be wearing a pair of Levi’s. I had to get a good old pair of Wranglers.
~Steve Kanaly

Real cowboys wear Wranglers. End of story. Levi’s may be chic and trendy, but if you work cattle for a living, you wear Wranglers.
~Lori Wilde


True cowboys are the ones who aren’t afraid to get dirty.
~Lane Frost

Cowboys have a history, a lot of ’em, on a wanted poster back east some of ’em.

A true cowboy knows love, pain and shame but never cares about fame.

Real cowboys never run, they just ride away.


Westerns were always my favorite things when I was little. And it always bothered me when cowboys were too clean in movies, or when they wore their guns like they had an outfit on. It always worked better when a guy looked sweaty and smelly; I hadda believe, I hadda believe that.
~Michael Keaton

Cowboy films often show cowboys who are handsome, clean shaven, young and fair skinned. In real life cowboys were often quite old. They were covered in dust and had little time to wash or shave. Usually their horses were more handsome than they were.
~Meg Clibbon

When you show up to work and put on your undergarments, throw on your suspenders and your cowboy boots, throw some dirt on you, and then get on your spurs, you start to walk a bit different. When you put on your gun belts, you change again.
~James Badge Dale

I’m sort of a Walter Mitty. I got fewer brain cells than most people, so when I got friendly with cowboys, I started rodeoing. When I was calf-roping, there was something about the dirt that made me feel clean.
~James Caan




While, as I recall, conservative little boys practice quick draw with their cap guns while playing cowboys and Indians, apparently liberal little boys practice how fast they can throw up their hands to surrender to the guys in the black hats.
~Tony Blankley

Canada has become trouble recently … It’s always the worst Americans who go there … We could have taken them over so easy. But I only want the western part, with the ski areas, the cowboys, and the right wingers. They’re the only good parts of Canada.
~Ann Coulter

In a lot of places in the United States and certainly even more places around the world, the image of the cowboy has become, for some people, a negative one. The word ‘cowboy’ implies a strong, stubborn individual whose individualism depends on pulling down other people’s individualism.
~Viggo Mortensen

No cowboys for Canada. Canada got Mounties instead – Dudley Do-Right, not John Wayne. It’s a mind-set of “Here I come to save the day” versus “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.”
~Sarah Vowell


The whites have always had the say in America. White people made Jesus white, angels white, the Last Supper white. If I threaten you, I’m blackmailing you. A black cat is bad luck. If you’re put out of a club, you’re blackballed. Angel’s-food cake is white; devil’s-food cake is black. Good guys in cowboy movies wear white hats. The bad guys always wore black hats.
~Muhammad Ali

The American ideal of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea has created cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys, punks and studs, tough guys and softies, butch and faggot, black and white. It is an ideal so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden – as an unpatriotic act – that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood.
~James A Baldwin




~magicalmathias:   Red Rose   (18:27)    dis·miss, underestimate


~Roger Seto:   Los Gringos    (5:56)    superb animation, sharp dialog


~James Hall:   IMPASSE    (5:05)    improbably, one is badder than the other, animated



The cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.

A cowboy never takes unfair advantage – even of an enemy.
~Gene Autry

Cowboys are gentlemen who treat women with respect and work hard. They use their manners more than any other man would and ride horse and bulls like their is no tomorrow.

All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn’t drink, they didn’t smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him.
~John Wayne


Inside every cowboy there’s a lady who’d love to slip out.
~Willie Nelson

Justin Salinger showed up one day with a pink cowboy hat on and everyone else got really annoyed because somehow he’d managed to get the pink cowboy hat.
~Alex Cox

Houston is a cruel, crazy town on a filthy river in East Texas with no zoning laws and a culture of sex, money and violence. It’s a shabby, sprawling metropolis ruled by brazen women, crooked cops and super-rich pansexual cowboys who live by the code of the West — which can mean just about anything you need it to mean, in a pinch.
~Hunter S Thompson

Ang [Lee] gave us a lot of books about cowboys who had been gay or stories about it and all that stuff. And I just talked to a lot of my friends – who [was] their first, particularly same-sex, first situation. That was fascinating to me – trying to learn what that was in a certain period of time. Certain age. The secrecy involved in it. All those things.
~Jake Gyllenhaal

Americans don’t want cowboys to be gay.
~Larry McMurtry




I think I’d rather be a cowboy, I think I’d rather ride the range.
I think I’d rather be a cowboy than to lay me down in love and lady’s chains.
~John Denver

Cowboys don’t get married, unless they stop being cowboys.
~David Goodman

When a horse wants to run, there ain’t no sense in closing the gate. You can have your space, cowboy.
~Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally

Cowboys they don’t ever understand this thing between a woman and a man
Until they find the one they always lose
~Jack Clement

Some cowboys have too much tumbleweed in their blood to settle down.
~Ken Alstad

A Cowboy never says goodbye, it’s not in his nature
~Kurt Philip Behm

Now you are thinking like a thief. Fewer guns and more exits. We’ll cure your cowboy ways yet.
~Richard Kadrey


I thought about telling him the truth: ‘Oh, nothing. Just having my soul exorcised so I can roam around purgatory, looking for the ghost of the dead cowboy who used to live in my bedroom.
~Meg Cabot

And then suddenly he was there, charging down the hallway like death in a cowboy duster.
~Richelle Mead

That cowboy had heartbreak written all over him and she’d be damned if she knew why every time he blew into town she ended up naked before he ended up gone. Reed always ended up gone.
~Cindy Gerard

My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.
~Alan Moore



~Roy Rogers:  Blue Shadows   (3:34)   the sound of distance, vintage


~Cowboy Junkies:   Blue Moon Revisited    (4:37)    with Elvis clips


~The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks):   Cowboy Take Me Away    (4:46)  …from here, from this


Randy Houser:   Like A Cowboy    (7:19)    video becomes music


~Paula Cole:   Where Have All the Cowboys Gone    (3:47)   domesticity with a smirk


~Michael Martin Murphey:   Cowboy Logic Song    (3:39)    cowboy mind at play



Nashville is wicked. It’s like a proper music community, but it’s also quintessentially American. You bump into people there with cowboy hats that spit in jars and call you ‘boy.’ I just love that.
~Ed Sheeran

Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkly clothes, and cowboy boots. I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I’ve worn black clothes ever since.
~Johnny Cash


A cowboy is a farm boy in leather britches and a comical hat.
~Edward Abbey

The cowboy I know is a working man. He is defined by his work, which should not be confused with the term ‘job’.
~John R Erickson

Cowboys come in many different shapes and sizes but all cowboys must be able to ride horses.
~Meg Clibbon

A cowboy is defined by the work that he does. Any man lays claim to that name if he lives on a ranch and works – drives, brands, castrates, or nurtures – a cattleman’s herd.
~Blake Allmendinger

Since he lives where he work, and since he deals with animals instead of machines, the cowboy is never really off work .
~John R Erickson

Like the bears, the cowboy seemed to hibernate in the winter, and our only glimpse of him or the West was invariably in a summer setting.
~Charles W Harris, Buck Rainey

If I had my way we’d sleep every night all wrapped around each other like hibernating rattlesnakes.
~William S Burroughs

I thought being a cowboy would be a terribly romantic thing to do. But it wasn’t. I shoveled a lot of stalls.
~Bob Weir

The cowboy life attracts special type of individual who can shift for himself and endure isolation, and one who thrives on physical hardship, a certain amount of danger, and low wages.
~John R Erickson


My friend Kathy is the only person who’ll be halfway honest with me. ‘Did you ever see a cowboy film, where someone has been caught by the Indians and tied between two wild stallions, each pulling in opposite directions?’ she asked. I nodded mutely.’ That’s a bit what giving birth is like.
~Marian Keyes

It is as if the soul of the continent is weeping. Why does it weep? It weeps for the bones of the buffalo. It weeps for magic that has been forgotten. It weeps for the decline of poets. It weeps for the black people who think like white people. It weeps for the Indians who think like settlers. It weeps for the children who think like adults. It weeps for the free who think like prisoners. Most of all, it weeps for the cowgirls who think like cowboys.
~Tom Robbins

For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; that we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious–or whatever we please; we are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.
~Naomi Wolf

If I’m being forgiving of myself, I could say I’m somebody who was really hungry for experiences. The same thing that would make me go try to be a trail cook on a ranch was the same thing that would make me want to have sex with a couple cowboys while I was there.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

It ain’t the clothes that make the cowgirl, it’s the attitude and heart.






I met this cowboy with a brown paper hat, paper waistcoat and paper trousers. He was wanted for rustling.
~Chic Murray

A new cologne is coming out. It’s for cowboys, and it’s made from cow’s manure. That way the women will be on you like flies!
~Bill Maher

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
~Steven Wright


Some of these bulls are gonna’ spin those cowboys so fast, they’ll look like a frog in a blender.
~Wayne White

A cowboy would rather throw a bull than eat beans with his knife.
~Charles Dorian

The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse.


I came from a very intellectual neighborhood. When we played cowboys and Indians as kids, I had to be Gandhi.
~Robert Frost

Whoever the last true cowboy in America turns out to be, he’s likely to be an Indian.
~William Least Heat-Moon


Any cowboy can carry a tune. The trouble comes when he tries to unload it.

It’s a lot like nuts and bolts – if the rider’s nuts, the horse bolts!
~Nicholas Evans

The bigger a man’s gun the smaller his doodlewick.
~Calamity Jane


Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
~Will Rogers

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
~Texas Bix Bender

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
~Will Rogers






Everyone has a first love, and mine was the western. When I was a child and dreamed of the movies, it was always as a cowboy on a white horse.
~Franco Nero

I’ve always been really hot on westerns. All my life growing up, cowboy, cowboy, cowboy.
~Morgan Freeman

I was a fan of westerns growing up. Every boy wanted to ride a horse and be a cowboy.
~Lee Byung-hun

White domination is so complete that even American Indian children want to be cowboys. It’s as if Jewish children wanted to play Nazis.
~Ward Churchill

I always wanted to be a cowboy. But alas! I was burdened early with certain inescapable obligations to world literature.
~Edward Abbey

Thankfully, dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses.
~Stephen Colbert


According to a British poll, you’ve only got a one in five chance of achieving your childhood career ambition. Which probably explains why you don’t run into that many cowboys, princesses, or space rangers.
~Jay Leno

I wonder what it would be like if we all became what we wanted to be when we grew up? I mean, imagine a world filled with nothing but firemen, cowboys, nurses and ballerinas.
~Lily Tomlin

Funny how women are ashamed of their inner fairy whereas men are forever proudly displaying their inner cowboy or fireman
~Dawn French

Word of advice, kid. This may be the Wild West down here, but you ain’t a cowboy. You’re not even a boy in a cowboy suit.
~Caitlin Kittredge

And what do we have here? A scary monster, cowboy, and a fairy princess! Here’s a hit of ecstasy, run along now.
~James St James



@Writers Platform

A good cowman knows how to lie to the tax collector and the cattle buyer.

I’m a neurotic fiction writer who’d like to be a cowboy.
~Thomas McGuane


I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit.
~John Hurt

Life is swimming to shore with cowboy boots on.
~author unknown


Prewritten Prompt:   cowboy


A lovely horse is always an experience…. It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.
~Beryl Markham

There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.
~Missy Lyons

What’s that old cowboy saying? Never was a horse that couldn’t be rode, never was a man who couldn’t be throwed.
~John Dunning

The cowboy doesn’t need an iron horse, but covers his country on one that eats grass and wears hair.
~Charles Marion Russell

The most beautiful, the most spirited and the most inspiring creature ever to print foot on the grasses of America.
~J Frank Dobie

Ain’t nuthin’ like ridin’ a fine horse in new country.
~Agustus MacCrae



The Exercise:

cowboy love

cowboy bandits in matters of heart
sealed vault thieves poach ‘n plunder
cowgirl hearts get torn apart
cowboy hearts break asunder
head over heels ‘n toes over nose
brain underfoot and ass under


no rhyme ‘n no reason

horses, cows and dog
in that order
rattlesnakes ‘n red sunsets
ridin’ night herd
in a mountain meadow
or a lightin’ storm
dawn, bacon, scrambled breakfast
cowboy coffee ‘n egg shells
come day’s end again
harmonica and a campfire
some’d sing, Joe on guitar
but he’s off to Oklahoma
left the day Winston died


Wild Quest Story

In the beginning (the Big Inning)
Cowboy created Earth and the uniVerse
called it Horse, for his long ride
from a cow town called Innocence
to alley-wise Universe City

Created bear hide and bare skin
changed to better hide that bare skin
Educated in the White Hat’s shadow
Diploma’d in studies at Black Hat in Ego
Graduated penumbra and certified to know

A degree of Wisdom earned riding the landscape
Pedigreed for eternity exploring the skyscape
Dive in the sea and swim in insanity
Fresh from his bath in sin and humanity
Cowboy saves the day before movin’ on


low wages

cowboy philosophers
with a past to deal with
in the night
riding herd


5-7-5-7-7 x 2

cowboys’n injuns
saga of the good and bad
in reverse order
waits for those writing hist’ry
sponsored authors of vict’ry


cowboy a farm boy
who works for a cattleman
heroes of histr’y
anonymous escapees
gunmen, range wars a movie


5-7-5 x 3

method actor’s dream
Stirling Silver, fresh cowboy
who dies at the end
cowboy got some truth
starin’ at campfire embers
that all fires go out
thoughts need time alone
night sky reveries
cowboys ride alone



A single Dallas Cowboys football game uses up as much electricity as the entire nation of Liberia in those same three hours – one reason the globe, if looked at from a certain height, is a cluster of lights surrounded by enormous patches of dark.
~Pico Iyer

You can’t cover up the swagger of a cowboy.
~Jaycee Ford

For some reason cowboy sounds better than cowman.
Demetri Martin


There are two kinds of leaders, cowboys and Shepherds. Cowboys drive and Shepherds lead.
~John Paul Warren

If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
~Will Rogers


Cowboys they are all so tough on the outside, but so sweet and soft on the inside.

There’s a big difference between me and a real, legitimate working hand, or a world-champion rodeo cowboy. I play ’em, and I aspire to be like that, but those guys are tough.
~Luke Perry


I loved her like a rabbit loves a rattlesnake
~James M Cain

The righteousness of men should be treated with the same respect that one would accord to a rattlesnake.
~Dwight D Eisenhower


As soon as I realized that I didn’t need meat to survive or to be in good health, I began to see how forlorn it all is. If only we had a different mentality about the drama of the cowboy and the range and all the rest of it. It’s a very romantic notion, an entrenched part of American culture, but I’ve seen, for example, pigs waiting to be slaughtered, and their hysteria and panic was something I shall never forget.
~Cloris Leachman

Bacon is like a good pair of Levi’s – it never goes out of style.
~Michael Symon

My heroes used to be cowboys.
~David Foreman

So many cowboys….so little rope.


Learn this well, the last ride is never the last ride. And the end is not the end.
~Richard Rowland

The cowboy music twanged in the roadhouse and carried across the fields, all sadness. It was all right with me. I kissed my baby and we put out the lights.
~Jack Kerouac


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