10 Famous Cowboy Quotes

Here are 10 famous cowboy quotes. There are few things considered more American then the cowboy. Apple pie. Being American maybe. Cowboys are a dream for most of us and some of the best quotes out there come from men and women who prided themselves on being cowboys and cowgirls.

  1. A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by. John Wayne – Never has there been a greater actor to portray the cowboy. John Wayne has provided dozens of famous cowboy quotes but this one stands alone. It’s something to live by in a time when most people don’t anymore.
  2. Talk low, talk slow, and don’t talk too much. John Wayne – Rumor has it this famous cowboy quote was acting advice from Wayne to Michael Caine.
  3. If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain. Anonymous – Cowboys have a great way of understating things and this famous cowboy quote is proof of that.
  4. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. Anonymous – Ah, this famous cowboy quote dispels any remaining myth about the rain dance, at least in cowboy wisdom.
  5. Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction. Anonymous – Another famous cowboy quote that’s just plain common sense.
  6. Don't squat with your spurs on. Anonymous – Duh, common sense again and this one hurts when you forget. Most people don’t forget this famous cowboy quote twice.
  7. Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse. Anonymous – There have been dozens of variations on this famous cowboy quote, it itself may be a variation of something else, but it’s still worth mentioning.
  8. Careful as a naked man climbin’ a barbed wire fence. Cowboy Proverb – This can either be a funny image or a damaging one depending on who you are, but it’s another famous cowboy quote hat proves cowboys are very, very wise.
  9. Always drink upstream from the herd. Anonymous – This kinda goes with don’t piss into the wind. Common sense in any language or world.
  10. Never ask a barber if you need a haircut. Anonymous – Never ask the sales women if she thinks you’ve got enough. Never ask your mother if she approves of your girlfriend. Common sense in the most simplistic form, a famous cowboy quote.  
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