Cowboy Wisdom

An old West Cowboy circa 1880s

Cowboy Wisdom

Cowboy Ten Commandments

  • Just one God.
  • Honor yer Ma and Pa.
  • No telling tales or gossipin’.
  • Git ye to Sunday meetin’.
  • Put nothin’ before God.
  • No foolin’ around with another fella’s gal.
  • No killin’.
  • Watch yer mouth.
  • Don’t take what ain’t yers.
  • Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s gear.

 The Cowboy Code or Code of the Old West


Cowboy Wisdom – Quotes to live by

Sometimes a quote can perfectly capture a moment, a feeling, or a situation in such a way that it can inspire or compel you. Here are a few you may enjoy.

On Life

Give more than you get.

If a man isn’t a humanist when he’s 20 – he has no heart. If he isn’t a conservative when he’s 40 – he has no brain. – Winston Churchill

The less I do, the busier I am.

May you live all the days of your life. – Jonathan Swift

I had a lover’s quarrel with the world. – Robert Frost

No matter where you go – there you are!

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. – Francis Bacon

Most people lead lives of quiet desperation. . . . – Henry David Thoreau

If you always do what you’ve done – you’ll always get what you’ve got.

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. And there I travel, looking, looking, breathlessly.– don Juan Matus (From Carlos Castaneda)

Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. – Confucius

Never complain, never explain, and never say you’re sorry. Hockey icon Don Cherry

One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. – Will Rogers


The more people I meet – the better I like my dog.

Oh…Why won’t you support my gibberish? – Homer Simpson

God must love the common man – he made so many of them. – Abraham Lincoln

The tumultuous populace of large cities are always to be dreaded. – George Washington

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll

If you don’t stand for something – you will fall for anything.

Keep your City out of My Country – Cowboy Poster

Never get in a pissing match with a skunk.

It costs nothing to be nice.

Hell is other People. – Voltaire

A University degree only tells people you can think, not that you have any brains. . . .

All the world loves an outlaw, for some damn reason they remember ’em – Jesse James

When ever someone says, it is not about the money – that is exactly what it is about.

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.  – George Burns

Sports/Odds and Sods

Either you give it right back or the next thing you know everyone and his brother will be trying you on for size. – 1960s hockey star, Doug Harvey on being a player.

The problem with socialism, is sooner or later you run out of other peoples money. British PM Margret Thatcher.

The secret to managing is to keep the 6 guys that like you away from the 6 that hate your guts. – Legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel.

There’s lies, damn lies, and statistics. – Hall of Fame hockey coach Scotty Bowman.

Never miss a good opportunity to shut up. – Will Rogers

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. – Benjamin Franklin

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
– Benjamin Franklin

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. — Francis Bacon

Opinions are like assholes – everyone’s got one.

The most indispensable tool for any writer is a built in, shock proof, shit detector. – Ernest Hemingway.

Tracer rounds work both ways. –  US Army training manual.


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