Cow Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cow quotes, cow sayings, and cow proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.     

Abbie Hoffman

Sacred cows make very poor gladiators.     

Nikki Giovanni

The cow is nothing but a machine which makes grass fit for us people to eat.     

John McNulty

Keep a cow, and then the milk won't have to be watered but once.     

Josh Billings

If cows and horses had hands and could draw, cows would draw gods that look like cows and horses would draw gods that look like horses.     

Xenophanes

Cow protection means protection of the weak, the helpless, the dumb and the deaf.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The cow knows not what her tail is worth till she has lost it.     

George Herbert

A cow's heaven is a flower's idea of hell.     

Oliver Gaspirtz

Mother cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave us birth.     

Mahatma Gandhi

You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.     

Tom Robbins

The cow's point of view deserves more literary attention.     

Mason Cooley

Even a cow creates ambiguous signifiers. The moo of mystery.     

Mason Cooley

You can only milk a cow so long, then you're left holding the pail.     

Hank Aaron

The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk.     

Ogden Nash

We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure.     

Joel Salatin

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.      

Thomas de Quincey

A cow is a very good animal in the field, but we turn her out of a garden.     

Samuel Johnson

A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of a carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher's stall passes as food.     

John Harvey Kellogg

To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Every sacred cow in the business has to do with economics.     

Gena Rowlands

If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?     

Steven Wright

Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The cow is the purest type of sub-human life.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Cows scream louder than carrots.     

Alan Watts

The cow to me is a sermon on pity.     

Mahatma Gandhi