Cowboy Sayings and Quotes

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

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.

Winston Churchill

No man should have cowboys boots in his wardrobe. That's fair enough, isn't it? Unless you're a cowboy, of course.

Paul Weller

When my time comes, just skin me and put me up there on Trigger, just as though nothing had ever changed.

Roy Rogers

The best way to describe a cowboy Is mud, blood, guts, and glory.


First buy a cowboy hat and boots. Then you're on your way to being a Texan.

James A. Michener

Ain’t nuthin’ like ridin’ a fine horse in new country.

Agustus MacCrae

Some cowboys have to much tumbleweed in their blood to settle down.     

Ken Alstad

A true cowboy knows love, pain and shame but never cares about fame.


When you’re young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you’re my age, you splatter.

Roy Rogers

Ride E’m Cowboy, don’t let them throw ya down.. You can’t make no money if ya hit the ground, Ride E’m Cowboy, don’t let them throw ya down, You’re the toughest Cowboy in town.

Juice Newton

Cowboys don’t cry!! Maybe just a little bit when the dust gets in their eyes. A cowboy is a person who loves his horse, and being out on the ranch doing the hard and dirty work, and is loyal to his girl. I love my cowboy.


There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.

Missy Lyons

The cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.     


Where the leather is scarred, there is a great story to tell.

Jimmy Tart

Let him ride a horse. He’s a cowboy ain’t he.     

Nathanael West

You can tell a true cowboy by the type of horse that he rides.     


Cowboys are gentlemen who treat women with respect and work hard. They use their manners more than any other man would and ride horse and bulls like their is no tomorrow.


Learn this well, the last ride is never the last ride. And the end is not the end.

Richard Rowland

The horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you might not like what you see in the mirror.

Buck Brannaman

Cowboys don't go around breaking hearts.

Missy Lyons

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

It doesn’t matter if a Cowboy lives in the mountains or in the flats, as long as it’s warm and there is a place to lay his hat.     


The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse.


A decent cowboy does not take what belongs to someone else and if he does he deserves to be strung up and left for the flies and coyotes.

Judge Roy Bean

I took to the life of a cowboy like a horse takes to oats.     


A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.

William James

True cowboys are the ones who aren’t afraid to get dirty.

Lane Frost

Real cowboys never run, they just ride away.


Cowboys they are all so tough on the outside, but so sweet and soft on the inside.


Now you are thinking like a thief. Fewer guns and more exits. We'll cure your cowboy ways yet.

Richard Kadrey