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45+ Cowboy Quotes and Sayings

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Do you love cowboys? Cowboys love riding horses and you know them for their bravery. Did you know that cowboys have a lot of quotes?

Here in this article, I have collated 45+ of funny, wise, famous, and other cowboy quotes can sayings.

Famous Cowboy Quotes

The quotes below are from popular cowboys and Western writers of the past:

A cowboy is any man with a horse and guts – William James, Western writer

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Good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself – Gus McCrae, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

The best healthy way to live in life is to learn to love all the little everyday things – like the sip of every gun makes its own tune – Blondie, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Snakes like you usually die of their own poison – Chris Morrell, ‘Neath the Arizona Skies

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I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them – J.B. Books, The Shootist

The best healthy way to live in life is to learn to love all the little everyday things – like the sip of every gun makes its own tune

Blondie, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Funny Cowboy Quotes

These cowboy quotes are funny and will definitely make you smile.

Some cowboys have to much tumbleweed in their blood to settle down.- Ken Alstad

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If you think bull riding’ isn’t intense, come sit on his back and try on my saddle. This aint for tenderfoots. – Clancy Jean Driscoll

No man should have cowboys boots in his wardrobe. That’s fair enough, isn’t it? Unless you’re a cowboy, of course. – Paul Weller

First buy a cowboy hat and boots. Then you’re on your way to being a Texan. – James A. Michener

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

It’s a lot like nuts and bolts-if the rider’s nuts, the horse bolts! – Nicholas Evans

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Cowboys don’t get married, unless they stop being cowboys. – a

Kid, cowboying is something you do when you can’t do nothing else. – Dick Richards,Eric Bercovici

A cowboy would rather throw a bull than eat beans with his knife. – Charles Dorian

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I thought being a cowboy would be a terribly romantic thing to do. But it wasn’t. I shoveled a lot of stalls. – Bob Weir

Wise Cowboy Quotes

The quotes below look funny, but they are full of wisdom:

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

A decent cowboy does not take what belongs to someone else and if he does he deserves to be strung up and left for the flies and coyotes. – Judge Roy Bean

Learn this well, the last ride is never the last ride. And the end is not the end. – Richard Rowland

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

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Remove the cowboy from his working environment and you have someone else, someone who resembles a cowboy in outward appearance but who, to one degree or another, is an imposter. – John R. Erickson

If you’re going to wear a cowboy hat, you’re going to have to go all the way. You should have livestock around you, settle all of your disputes with a pistol, and ride a horse absolutely everywhere. – Tom Segura

Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think. That’s why so many cowboys fancied themselves Philosophers. – Charles Marion Russell

A Cowboy never says goodbye, / it’s not in his nature. – Kurt Philip Behm

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

Now if you think the grass is greener on the far side of the hill, / All you cowboys: take it easy, there’s no grass there at all. – Chris De Burgh

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Cowboy Quotes about Horses

You already know that cowboys ride horses. What do cowboy say about horses? Here are some sayings:

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

There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse. – Missy Lyons

A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse. – William James

Let him ride a horse. He’s a cowboy ain’t he. – Nathanael West

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

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire. – Shannon Ralls Lemon

Horses and life, it’s all the same to me. – Buck Brannaman

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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

Cowboys come in many different shapes and sizes but all cowboys must be able to ride horses. – Meg Clibbon

When a horse wants to run, there ain’t no sense in closing the gate / You can have your space, cowboy. – Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally

Horses and life, it’s all the same to me.

Buck Brannaman

More Cowboy Quotes and Sayings

Want even more cowboy quotes? Here you go:

When my time comes, just skin me and put me up there on Trigger, just as though nothing had ever changed. – Roy Rogers

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We have a sense that we should be like the mythical cowboy… able to take on and conquer anything and live in the world without the need for other people. – Morrie Schwartz

When I grew up, I only had two dreams. One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic and riding horses. – Chris Kyle

Cowboys work hard, play well, love soft, and are a hell of alot better than any other boy I’ve ever seen. – Olivia Flannery

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Now you are thinking like a thief. Fewer guns and more exits. We’ll cure your cowboy ways yet. – Richard Kadrey

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

Cowboys don’t go around breaking hearts. – Missy Lyons

Cowboys they are all so tough on the outside, but so sweet and soft on the inside. – Amber

I took to the life of a cowboy like a horse takes to oats. – Clinton McCoy

A cowboy is defined by the work that he does. Any man lays claim to that name if he lives on a ranch and works–drives, brands, castrates, or nutures–a cattleman’s herd. – Blake Allmendinger

The cowboy has been called America’s folk hero. – Charles W. Harris, Buck Rainey

That the cowboy is one of the most romantic figures in American history is uncontested. – Charles W. Harris, Buck Rainey

The cowboys can rest and look at the distant mountains, the fish in the creek and the setting sun. – Meg Clibbon

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Which was your favorite cowboy quote?

April Lee

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