Cowboy Wisdom

Cowboys have a manner of speech which engages us, transports us and amuses us in world far from the scrambled thoughts of texts and tweets.
Maybe its the open spaces and a sense of time measured by seasons. Maybe it's the life beneath the never-ending ever-changing sky that, robbing a man of his ego, grants him a way of stringing simple words together so profoundly that it leaves the listener a bit humbled in having to confront the inevitable question "Why didn't I think of that?"


Here are some some colorful cowboy phrases to help get you through life.

"Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance"
"Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in"
"If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around"
"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging"
"He looked like the hindquarters of bad luck"
"Don't worry about bitin' off more'n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think"

"Don't interfere with something that ain't bothering you none" 
"If all his brains were dynamite, there wouldn't be enough to blow his nose"
"He's studying to be a half wit"
"A closed mouth gathers no boots"
"If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, shouldn't it follow that cowboys would be deranged?"
"The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning"
"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." --John Wayne
"Nature gave us all something to fall back on, and sooner or later we all land flat on it"
"We all got pieces of crazy in us, some bigger pieces than others"
"Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse"
"Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads"
"Leave me alone and let me go to hell by my own route."

"It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep"
"Only a fool argues with a skunk,a mule,or a cook"
"Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce"
"A wink's as good as a nod to a blind mule"
"Success is the size of the hole a man leaves after he dies"
"There ain't no hoss that can't be rode, there ain't no man that can't be throwed"
"The bigger the mouth, the better it looks when it's shut"
"Nobody ever drowned himself in sweat"
"It is not enough for a man to learn how to ride.;he must learn how to fall."
"Never ask a barber if you need a haircut."


Inscription on John Wayne's headstone
"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learnt something from yesterday."

The Cowboy Code By Gene Autry
1. The cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws.
10. The Cowboy is a patriot.