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“A few cowboys are still around, old men now, hanging half in, half out, of a legend they helped to make ... Their world was one of silver moonlit silence, of lonesome yips from the coyote pack, of thousands of bawling cattle, of uninterrupted prairies, rivers, canyons, and mountains. A world of freedom of infinity. A world of sweat and discomfort.”
“The cowboy's brash, rebellious years were short. Two small decades made him immortal. He was America's last paladin, the idol of an age turned to legend.”
“While the cowboys is our favorite American hero — the quintessential man — most of us see the cowgirl as a child who will grow up someday and be something else. The cowboy's female counterpart — who can ride and rope and wrangle, who understands land and stock and confronts the elements on a daily basis — is somehow missing from our folklore.”