60+ Best Cowboy Quotes On Success In Life

These Cowboy quotes will inspire you.
Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable and encouraging Cowboy quotes, Cowboy sayings, and Cowboy proverbs.

Inspirational Cowboy Quotes

  1. “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” ~ John Wayne
  2. “An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.” ~ Will Rogers
  3. “The bigger a man’s gun the smaller his doodlewick.” ~ Calamity Jane
  4. “Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.” ~ Will Rogers
  5. “You can’t tell how good a man or a watermelon is ’til they get thumped.” ~ Roy Bean
  6. “Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb” ~ Will Rogers, Cowboy quotes about horses
  7. “Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.” ~ Texas Bix Bender
  8. “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” ~ Will Rogers
  9. “Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in.” ~ Will Rogers
  10. “If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.” ~ Will Rogers
  11. “Always drink upstream from the herd.” ~ Will Rogers
  12. “The Old West is not a certain place in a certain time, it’s a state of mind. It’s whatever you want it to be.” ~ Tom Mix
  13. “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” ~ Will Rogers
  14. “It’s a lot like nuts and bolts – if the rider’s nuts, the horse bolts!” ~ Nicholas Evans
  15. “I was feeling real good and real manly. Until a real cowboy walked by and told me I had my hat on backwards. So much for my career as a cowboy.” ~ Michael Biehn
  16. “Do right and risk the consequences.” ~ Sam Houston
  17. “It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.” ~ John Ford
  18. “It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.” ~ Will Rogers
  19. “Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.” ~ Roy Bean
  20. “Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.” ~ Will Rogers
  21. “Don’t squat with your spurs on.” ~ Will Rogers
  22. “The most beautiful, the most spirited and the most inspiring creature ever to print foot on the grasses of America.” ~ J. Frank Dobie
  23. “If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, shouldn’t it follow that cowboys would be deranged?”
  24. “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” ~ Tammara Webber
  25. “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” ~ Winston Churchill
  26. “I’m a cowboy who never saw a cow.” ~ Johnny Mercer
  27. “I get to actually experience what it would be like to be a psycho, which is not a fun one, or to be a cowboy, or to be a weird character of some sort. For me, it suits me. It suits my personality. I’m an emotional kind of person anyway.” ~ Josh Holloway
  28. “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
  29. “I don’t care about going down in history as a great bull rider or bronc rider. I hope people will remember me as a great cowboy.” ~ Ty Murray
  30. “A lot of old guys in movies are like cowboys – they talk like cowboys and they dress like cowboys.” ~ Val Kilmer
  31. “Never slap a man who is chewing tobacco.” ~ Will Rogers
  32. “Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.” ~ Texas Bix Bender
  33. “I’m not a great science fiction fan myself. I probably feel that way about Westerns. Like I used to play Cowboys and Indians, they can act out Will and the Robot.” ~ Mark Goddard
  34. “The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.” ~ Dustin Hoffman
  35. “Despite what people think of cowboys, they take pride in how they look, and that look is important to them.” ~ Steve Kanaly
  36. “I wore a lot of vintage clothing. I dressed like a reporter, with a little card in my hat. I had these fantasies of who I wanted to be, so I’d dress like an explorer, a cowboy. I dressed up like Elton John a lot too. That was another period.” ~ Illeana Douglas, Cowboy quotes vintage
  37. “You’d look out and there’d be little babies watching the show, and boys and girls. They loved the cowboys, and they loved Annie. There were young people seeing the show for the first time. I stayed for two years because I enjoyed it so much.” ~ Bernadette Peters, Cowboy quotes about love
  38. “You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
  39. “When I was starting to get noticed as an actor in the 1970s for something other than the third cowboy on the right who ended up dying in every movie or episode, Burt Reynolds was the biggest star in the world.” ~ Bruce Dern
  40. “I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle.” ~ Davy Crockett
  41. “A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There’s got to be good guys and there’s got to be bad guys. And that’s what people pay for – to see the bad guys get beat.” ~ Sonny Liston
  42. “Neiman-Marcus is one thing, and the Dallas Cowboys are another.” ~ Mercedes McCambridge
  43. “Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s critical to know what it was” ~ Texas Bix Bender
  44. “France can never accept that it is no longer a dominating power in the world of culture. This is true both of the French right and the French left. They keep thinking that Americans are primitive cowboys or farmers who do not understand anything.” ~ Adam Michnik
  45. “A lovely horse is always an experience… It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.” ~ Beryl Markham
  46. “Now look! That damned cowboy is president of the United States!” ~ Mark Hanna
  47. “In a lot of places in the United States and certainly even more places around the world, the image of the cowboy has become, for some people, a negative one. The word ‘cowboy’ implies a strong, stubborn individual whose individualism depends on pulling down other people’s individualism.” ~ Viggo Mortensen
  48. “I always wanted to be a cowboy, and Jedi Knights are basically cowboys in space, right?” ~ Liam Neeson
  49. “There’s nothin’ in life that’s worth doin’, if it cain’t be done from a horse.” ~ Red Steagall
  50. “The first movie I appeared in was Carry On Cowboy, though not as an actor. I was just riding horses.” ~ Richard O’Brien
  51. “Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” ~ Ann Landers
  52. “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” ~ Steve Earle
  53. “I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit.” ~ John Hurt
  54. “Living in Dallas, I root for the Mavericks and the Stars and the Cowboys, but I’ve always pulled for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy watching them play.” ~ Lee Trevino
  55. “If the Cowboys and Titans ain’t playing, I’m not interested.” ~ Tanya Tucker
  56. “I had done my first picture and I didn’t have anything to do for a while. I was asked to come back to New York and do Bus Stop in the role of the cowboy opposite Kim Stanley.” ~ Dick York
  57. “I grew up in Dallas, with cowboys. I was the only guy in sixth grade with long hair and an earring. Let’s just say I got a lot of, er, flak for being different.” ~ Barry Watson
  58. “When I was a kid, my stepdad started this business and would go out and get lost cows and stuff. He was part-time truck driver, farmer and cowboy. He taught me how to ride from an early age.” ~ Tim McGraw
  59. “Don’t dig for water under the outhouse.”
  60. “I never miss a good chance to shut up” ~ James Patterson
  61. “I think you’re going to find out that westerns will be coming back. It’s Americana, it’s part of our history, the cowboy, the cattle drive, the sheriff, the fight for law, order and justice. Justice will always prevail as far as I’m concerned.” ~ Clayton Moore
  62. “Grandpa Patterson used to say: Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.” ~ Debbie Macomber
  63. “Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.” ~ Warren Buffett
  64. “There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can’t think of one at the moment.” ~ Paul Theroux
  65. “I didn’t want to play a rancher. I didn’t want to have a cowboy hat on; I wanted to get away from that in the things I do. But I read the script and fell in love with it. As hard as I tried to say no, I couldn’t.” ~ Tim McGraw


A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of special significance and legend.

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