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A word to the wise is unnecessary.

The measure of a man is when he does the right thing even when no one is watching.

You can't keep trouble from visitin, but you don't have to offer it a chair.

You don't learn much when everything goes right.

Don't run down narrow stairs when your wearing spurs.

Tumbleweeds are best left to themselves.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

Go after life as if it's something that's got to be roped in a hurry before it gets away.



Cattle Round-up.

Cattle Round-up.

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Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

When you're throwing your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

Don't worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.

Like a good cowboy, a good hat just gets better as it gets older.

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.

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 good to know what it was.

Never get up before breakfast. If you have to get up before breakfast, eat breakfast first.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

There are more horses asses than horses.

Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Some people follow wagon tracks while others break new trails.

Never let your yearnin's' get ahead of your earnin's.


Cowboy thrown

Cowboy thrown in 1906.

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Makin' it in life is kinda like bustin' broncs: you're gonna get thrown a lot. The simple secret is to keep gettin' back on.

A cowboy hat looks silly on anyone who isn't a cowboy.

Country fences need to be horse high, pig tight, and bull strong.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

Meanness don't happen overnight.


It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.


You can't unsay a cruel thing.

Most of the stuff people worry about never happens.

Don't judge people by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

It's better to be a has-been than a never-was.

The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.

If it don't seem like it's worth the effort, it probably ain't.

There ain't much paw an' beller to a cowboy.

You can't tell how far a bullfrog'll jump by the size of its feet.

Every man is entitled to scratch his own itch.

Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.

Life is short and full of blisters.

A good run is better than a bad stand.

Take no more on your heels than you can kick off with your toes.

Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.

If you work for the man, ride for his brand.

When you climb into the saddle, you'd better be prepared to ride.

Being a cowboy means never saying it hurts. Pain is just the other side of feeling good.

My jeans and my man -- broke in just right!

Go after life as if it's something that's got to be roped in a hurry before it gets away.

Solvin' problems is like throwin' cattle. Dig your heels on the big ones and grab the little ones 'round the neck.

No matter how much horsepower your truck has it still can't cut a calf from the herd

Never walk when you can ride, and never stand when you can sit.

A man is not born a cowboy - he becomes one.


Success is the size of the hole a man leaves when he dies.


If you follow behind the lead cow, you will step in the mess he leaves behind.


The man that straddles the fence usually has a sore crotch.

Careful is a naked man climbing a barbed wire fence.

Color don't count if the horse don't trot.

A loose hoss is always looking for new pastures.

Kickin' never gets you nowhere, 'less'n you're a mule.

It's the man that's the cowhand, not the outfit he wears.





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