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40 Best Cowboy Quotes & Sayings

40 Best Cowboy Quotes & Sayings

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From Buffalo Bill to Billy the Kid, cowboys have played an iconic role in American history. The thrill of the Wild West has become a beloved part of pop culture, leading to some iconic TV shows and movies.

“Yee-haw” and “howdy” are the standard cowboy greetings that everyone is familiar with. However, if want to expand your cowboy lingo, these cowboy quotes and sayings are a great place to start.

Here are the best cowboy quotes and sayings:

Cowboys need nothin’ more than a hat, horse, and the will to ride.

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Some cowboys have too much tumbleweed in their blood to settle down.

Ken Alstad

Let him ride a horse. He’s a cowboy ain’t he?

Nathanael West

A true cowboy knows love, pain, and shame but never cares about fame.

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.

Winston Churchill

You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.

Will Rogers

It doesn’t matter if a Cowboy lives in the mountains or in the flats, as long as it’s warm and there is a place to lay his hat.

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Cowboys are gentlemen who treat women with respect and work hard. They use their manners more than any other man would and ride horse and bulls like there is no tomorrow.

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Cowboys and men are two totally different breeds.

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Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.

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Ride E’m Cowboy, don’t let them throw ya down.. You can’t make no money if ya hit the ground, Ride E’m Cowboy, don’t let them throw ya down, You’re the toughest Cowboy in town.

Juice Newton

Also Read: 10 Famous Cowboys & Outlaws Who Ruled the Wild West

Training horses, heck riding horses, isn’t easy. Failing is part of the process. It’s how you brush yourself off and get back in the saddle that counts the most. There’s beauty in the breakdown. Everything is about balance.

Carly Kade

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!

John Wayne

True cowboys are the ones who aren’t afraid to get dirty.

Lane Frost

The horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you might not like what you see in the mirror.

Buck Brannaman

The cowboy has been called America’s folk hero.

Charles W. Harris

Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb.

Will Rogers

Real cowboys never run, they just ride away.

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There is something about riding on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you aint worth a thing.

Will Rogers

The cowboy no doubt can be regarded as a proud rider, skilled, observant, alert, resourceful, unyielding, daring, punctilious in a code peculiar to his occupation, and faithful to his trust.

Charles W. Harris, Buck Rainey

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.

Will Rogers

And my heart is sinking like a setting sun, setting on the things I wish I’d done. Oh the last goodbye’s the hardest one to say, and this is where the cowboy rides away.

George Strait

The cowboy remains an excellent model of popular history – authoritative yet acccessible.

Philip Ashton Rollins

When you’re young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you’re my age, you splatter.

Roy Rogers

You’re gonna have to hold on tight, because this rodeo is just getting started.

Joya Ryan

The cowboy has been called America’s folk hero.

Charles W. Harris

Any cowboy can carry a tune. The trouble comes when he tries to unload it.

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Real cowboys don’t need to correct people. They just smile, nod their head,and say yep. Each to his own. That’s the cowboy way.

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A cowboy’s hands are as strong as steel as tough as leather put soft enough to touch a hummingbirds wing and the skin of a woman and not disturb the beauty of either.

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May your belly never grumble, may your heart never ache, may your horse never stumble, may your cinch never break.

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A real cowboy doesn’t have to say they are a cowboy you know, the smell, the expression and the heart tells itself.

Unknown

You may have a cowboy hat, spurs, chaps, and a horse but you’re not a cowboy till you can ride like one.

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Also Read: 10 Famous Female Cowgirls and Outlaws of the Wild West

If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.

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When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin’.

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You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.

Will Rogers

To sit on a ranch horse that’s been broken in, it’s like getting in a Porsche.

Sam Shepard

A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.

Pat Parelli

Where the leather is scarred, there is a great story to tell.

Jimmy Tart

Whether you are a tried and true cowboy or simply just a lover of the wild west, these quotes and sayings are good to know. They come from real, authentic cowboys, to some of Hollywood’s most iconic cowboy actors. While some are words to live by, others are just for a good laugh.