Literary Birthday – 22 March – Louis L’Amour

Louis L’Amour was born 22 March 1908, and died 10 June 1988.


  1. We do not at present educate people to think but, rather, to have opinions, and that is something altogether different.
  2. A book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.
  3. 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.
  4. Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.
  5. A good beginning makes a good end.
  6. There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.
  7. Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.
  8. 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!’
  9. Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
  10. To a fool time brings only age not wisdom.

Louis L’Amour was an American author who wrote more than 100 books and 400 short stories. His works of fiction include titles like Last of the Breed and Hondo. He remains one of the most prolific and popular authors in the world. Best known for his Western fiction, there are still more than 200 million copies of his books in print. 45 of his novels were adapted into Hollywood films. He received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983 and the Medal of Freedom in 1984.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 22nd March 2013