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Texas Quote of the Day

I spent last night reading J. Frank Dobie’s Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest. While I don’t feel that it’s at nearly the same level as earlier Dobie works like  A Vaquero of the Brush Country or The Longhorns, one quote, in particular, touched my innermost Texas soul.  It comes in the first chapter, which is entitled “A Declaration.”  Dobie wrote:

“Here I am living on a soil that my people have been living and working and dying on for more than a hundred years—the soil, as it happens, of Texas. My roots go down into this soil as deep as mesquite roots go. This soil has nourished me as the banks of the lovely Guadalupe River nourish cypress trees, as the Brazos bottoms nourish the wild peach, as the gentle slopes of East Texas nourish the sweet-smelling pines, as the barren, rocky ridges along the Pecos nourish the daggered lechuguilla. I am at home here, and I want not only to know about my home land, I want to live intelligently on it. I want certain data that will enable me to accommodate myself to it. Knowledge helps sympathy to achieve harmony.”

Wise words, indeed. Having left you with them, I’m going to go out with my camera to acquire certain data that will enable me to accommodate myself to Texas.

One Response to “Texas Quote of the Day”

  1. I love it! My roots go pretty deep in that Red dirt of East Texas. My mother’s great great grandfather was deeded land by the Texas Republic. I have a copy of it signed by Anson Jones. Mom was born in Milam Texas in 1924 and still lives there. Have you ever seen Nethery’s Store in Milam? Go to Sparks Grocery on Facebook. Lots of old pics of Milam there. Milam at one time was a booming area of Texas because that was where El Camino Real entered the state from Louisiana. Austin camped there. I really like what you are doing “Saving Texas one megapixel at a time”.

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