Cowboy quotes are some of the most colorful. Below are a few that you might enjoy.

  • “Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction” – This is pretty obvious. A bull will charge you, a horse will kick you and a fool will just make your life miserable.
  • If a cowboy was tired and wanted to squat down on his legs to rest, spurs would cut into his thighs. So the saying, “Don’t squat with your spurs on” was relevant for the time”.
  • The saying, “Don’t judge people by their relatives” means take a person for who he/she is and don’t fault them for their family’s mistakes”.
  • This saying has been changed with the times, but in the old west you may have heard it placed in this manner, “Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town”. In today’s times we say, “Behind every successful man their is a strong woman”. See how similar this one is?
  • Ever hear the saying, “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson”. This means when you end up losing a game, bet, etc. Learn from your mistakes, so you have better you chances next time.
  • The saying, “Talk slowly, think quickly” means to think quickly in any situation, but think hard about your words before saying them. Once you say something it is hard to take it back.
  • Ever hear the saying. “Silence is Golden”? There is an older saying, “Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer”. These mean the same exact thing. Sometimes it is best to hold your tongue or draw more problems to yourself.
  • “Live a good, honorable life” – This saying is one of my favorite cowboy quotes. A righteous person will do his or her best to live an honorable life. Yet it is when we are older where we can truly look back and observe whether or not we were successful.
  • If you ever heard the saying, “If it aint’ broke don’t fix it”, then the saying, “Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none” is understandable. When you try to fix something that is not broken, you usually break it.
  • This saying is quite funny, “Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance“. A rain dance will only work if a storm is approaching. Most rain dances are done during the rainy season, so the timing of the dance is perfect for rain to actually come.
  • This is a good one, “The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm”. This means it is easier to ask for forgiveness or take back what you said, right after it has been verbalized.
  • Most of us get ourselves in deeper and deeper trouble once a problem starts. We don’t know how to stop. For example if a person is having trouble paying their credit card payment, for some reason they do not stop spending. This saying is for all those that don’t know how to stop, “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'”.

These is handful of sayings that may roll of a cowboy’s tongue from time to time.

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