J. Frank Dobie
J.Frank Dobie (September 26, 1888 – September 18, 1964) was an American folklorist, writer, and newspaper columnist best known for many books depicting the richness and traditions of life in rural Texas during the days of the open range.
- From the introductory comments to Dobie's Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest: "Not copyright in 1942. Again not copyright in 1952. Anybody is welcome to help himself to any of it in any way."
- "I have come to value liberated minds as the supreme good of life on earth."
- "The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transfer of bones from one graveyard to another...."
- "Conform and be dull."
- "I rate censors, particularly those of church and state, as low as I rate character assassins; they often run together."
- "If during a decade a man does not change his mind on some things and develop new points of view, it is a pretty good sign that his mind is petrified and need no longer be accounted among the living."
- "I'd rather starve and be independent than thrive on conformity. I'm not starving."
- "Great literature transcends its native land, but none that I know of ignores its soil."
This Man Had Big Chances He was apart of the first baseball team in Texas
He had a boring life and not many people liked him