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Cowboy Wisdom

Cowboys spend a lot of time on the range, whatever a range may be, whiling away their hours moseying and giddyuping. But mostly moseying. While they're doing all that moseying, they often come up with gems of wisdom we would all do well to heed.

Don't squat with your spurs on.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.

There's two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works.

If you're riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.

If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

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

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.

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.

It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

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

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

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

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Making it in life is kind of like busting broncos. You're going to get thrown a lot. The simple secret is to keep getting back on.

There are more horses asses than horses.

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

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