In Texas, we have something we call “the Cortez moment,” which refers to when the great Spanish explorer and conquistador of Mexico came and set up camp and then burned his boats. The phrase “burn the boats” means there’s nothing but forward, onward, no turning back or running home scared. When you move here, if you’re any good at all, you burn the boats.
— Dan Rather on moving to New York City. (via balltillifall)