Cowboys are a legendary part of American culture and their colorful quotes have been passed down through generations. Many of these quotes capture the spirit of the American West and provide a unique insight into the life of a cowboy. Here are some of the most memorable cowboy quotes.
- “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” –Anonymous
This quote is a reminder to make the most of every moment, no matter what life throws at you.
- “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers
This quote encourages us to be mindful of our actions and words, and to always be honest and worthy of trust.
- “Ride as far as you can see, and when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” – Will Rogers
This quote reminds us to push ourselves and to never stop striving for our goals.
- “A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on foot.” – John Steinbeck
This quote speaks to the power of the horse and how it can help transform us.
- “A cowboy is only as good as his horse and his word.” – Anonymous
This quote emphasizes the importance of having integrity and keeping your word.
- “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
This quote speaks to the courage it takes to pursue our dreams, even when we are afraid.
- “If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.” – Will Rogers
This quote reminds us to always look out for those who are following us, and to make sure we are leading them in the right direction.
These cowboy quotes provide a unique view into the life of a cowboy and the spirit of the American West. They also provide valuable lessons about life that still ring true today. So, the next time you’re out on the range, take a moment to reflect on these inspiring words of wisdom.
For centuries, cowboys have been epitomized as the rugged American frontiersman, living and working on the land with courage and determination. Whether they were driving cattle, riding horses, or just living the cowboy life, their wisdom and spirit has been passed on through their words. Here are more cowboy quotes that capture the spirit of the West.
A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There’s got to be good guys and there’s got to be bad guys. And that’s what people pay for – to see the bad guys get beat.
After people work hard and cope with the pressures of life throughout the week, going out to a show or tuning in to watch some characters in cowboy clothes, singing and playing songs about real life is something I relate to.
All I can hope to do is instill great morality in my son and trust him along the way. The music he listens to or how he chooses to wear his hair doesn’t define his moral compass, and if he wants to listen to country music and wear a cowboy hat too, that’s fine.
All my records – ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix,’ ‘Wichita Lineman,’ ‘Galveston,’ ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ ‘Dreams of the Everyday Housewife’ – they all had strings on them.
America had, for one thing, lived in anarchy for – until much more recently than Europe. We had the Wild West, where the cliche of the cowboy movies was the nearest sheriff is 90 miles away, and so you had to pack a gun and defend yourself.
As a kid, I loved any guitarists, whether it was Elvis Presley, Lonnie Donegan, Chuck Berry or even the cowboy guitarists like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The image of the guitar appealed to me.
As a very young man growing up in Texas, usually I got a shotgun or cowboy boots for Christmas.
As a wrestling fan, I can remember years ago seeing my first Street Fight between Wahoo McDaniel and Tully Blanchard, and I remember thinking to myself that I will really think I’ve made it when I can come to the ring in jeans and cowboy boots with my hands taped and stuff like that.
As far as actors who pop up again and again in Japanese dubs, and because they’re really good actors, people like Steve Bloom, not only in ‘Cowboy Bebop,’ but also he’s sort of the de-facto Wolverine. If you’re doing an animated Wolverine anything, Marvel usually just goes to Steve first because he’s recognized as that voice.
Blood on the Saddle’ is one of my favorite cowboy records of all time.
Border collies were trained in Scotland. They have the Scots’ commands in their genes. At the dog trials, the owners wear those three-piece western suits, cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats, but they carry Scots shepherd’s crooks over their arms and talk to their dogs in Scots accents.
But I had two very special people who helped to take my style to the next level. Thank God for my first MC Cowboy and my first student Grand Wizard Theodore, and to go out after creating this art form and finding everyone jamming to it – that too was pretty scary.
But the reason I became, why I wanted to be in the business was because there was Midnight Cowboy.
Cowboy boots you can’t wear unless you actually are a cowboy or in a Status Quo tribute band, or over 60; there’s something about a retiring gent in cowboy boots that looks sort of presidential.
A. A. Gill
Cowboy James Storm and Eli Drake, those guys can talk and rile the people up.
Every coach has his own style of play, but when you spend your whole life as a Cowboy, you have to be influenced by what we did.
Every fighter is different. When I was going to fight ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, he was hugging me, we were riding the same van together, everywhere together. He was friendly, you know? Vitor likes to keep distance from his opponent, not talk.
Everyone has a first love, and mine was the western. When I was a child and dreamed of the movies, it was always as a cowboy on a white horse.
For me, ‘The Crystal Skull’ was something I’d never done before, and I loved every minute of it. Working with Harrison Ford as well – he’s a cowboy from Montana, the most unassuming man you’ll ever work with, fabulous guy, and I loved it.
Freebird Michael Hayes was my first broadcast partner who was a pure, 100% antagonist. Hayes and I joined forces during Cowboy Bill Watts’ attempt at expanding the Mid-South brand by renaming Mid-South Wrestling the Universal Wrestling Federation.
From ‘Midnight Cowboy’ to ‘Taxi Driver’ is a brief era whose grit, beauty, and violence has been quite mythologized.
Hillbilly Rock’ was the song that opened the door and gave me a reason to get a bus and a band and cowboy clothes to go out there and figure it out in front of everybody. And the hits started coming.
Horsemanship and the cowboy lifestyle and my culture as a Native American are all three things that are very, very important to me.
I actually don’t think there is machismo in America, unless it’s the cowboy type – the silent, smoking brooder.
I always had a dramatic flair. I’d like to dress up like a cowboy, play make-believe. But I didn’t realize acting was something I had to do until I got to college.
Harry Dean Stanton
I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.
I always wanted to be a cowboy, and Jedi Knights are basically cowboys in space, right?
I always wanted to play a cowboy. I just didn’t get to do it the way I thought I would.
I am like a cowboy by nature. I love to spend time in a farm by the lake with the horses.
I came in with my idea of what a cowboy would wear, but then I met some real cowboys and they said that I rode the horses well, shoed the horses, but no good cowboy would be wearing a pair of Levi’s. I had to get a good old pair of Wranglers.
I can take the steel guitars and fiddles off, we can make it a little more pop, cover ideas that are a little less cowboy. But you got to look at yourself in the mirror and ask, whose flag you are under? For Garth Brooks, I’m steel, fiddles, red, white and blue.
I can’t do heels – I look like a cowboy in drag. I’ve a terrible gait, and I’m more at home in wellies, riding boots or trainers. With my dad being a farmer, I was raised in a welly.
I can’t live without my silver Marc Jacobs boots! They are a little bit cowboy, a little bit space alien. They go with everything.
I can’t tell you I was OK with getting dressed up in a cowboy outfit. When you’re 20 years old it’s kind of corny.
I could definitely make 145. But if ‘Cowboy’ is going to 145, I’m going after somebody who matters.
I could have took the easy way and just been a cowboy, looking good, trying to make my money off Hank Williams and being this clean-cut guy. But I always wanted to be myself and go against the grain.
Hank Williams III
I couldn’t do country, with all due respect to all country music artists. My parents dressed me up with a cowboy hat and we’d go to the rodeo when I was younger and it traumatized me for life.
I didn’t realize until high school that the man wearing a cowboy hat on the poster in our garage was actually Ronald Reagan, so my parents just – it was how we were, I grew up on five acres of land in Flagstaff, Arizona and we really just lived a conservative lifestyle.
I didn’t want to play a rancher. I didn’t want to have a cowboy hat on; I wanted to get away from that in the things I do. But I read the script and fell in love with it. As hard as I tried to say no, I couldn’t.
I don’t care where I fight on the card, but to get people motivated or excited, like, ‘Cowboy’s fighting!’ that’s my overall goal.
I don’t like kitten heels. I just don’t think they are an attractive shoe because they always look so stumpy. And I would never wear cowboy boots: a pointy toe and little heel is just not my thing.
I don’t think I do look like an A-Lister. I’m more interested in being comfortable in my own skin than trying to be somebody I’m not. Gimme jeans, an old T-shirt, cowboy boots and a baseball cap any day.
I don’t walk around with a cowboy hat. I did get a tattoo that says ‘cowboy’ that’s a bit of an over-compensation, probably.
I don’t want to sound arrogant or cocky, but taking a fight on short notice against ‘Cowboy,’ you have to be mentally strong.
I get to actually experience what it would be like to be a psycho, which is not a fun one, or to be a cowboy, or to be a weird character of some sort. For me, it suits me. It suits my personality. I’m an emotional kind of person anyway.
I got a hat deal with Resistol, where I have my own line of cowboy hats.
I grew up a big fan of the J. R. Ewing character of the ‘Dallas’ TV show, and I grew up around people who were very similar to J. R.: they had come into a ton of money. And they loved to flaunt it and loved to drive fancy cars and wear the big cowboy hats and nice suits.
I grew up in southeastern Oklahoma on a working cattle ranch, and it was always very romantic to me: The West, the cowboy, the Western way of life.
I grew up playing cowboy, and I still have all my Johnny West toys from when I was a kid. I have my actual toys from when I was five.
W. Earl Brown
I grew up with my dad. I’m an only child. My father was a cowboy, and he really loved me very much, but I think he wanted a son occasionally.
I guess I’m just a frustrated cowboy.
I guess, somewhere along the line, when we first came out, somebody thought it was a crime to be young and not wear a cowboy hat and sing country music.
I had 10 No. 1 country records before I ever crossed over, and the only reason I ever crossed over was because of a fad. It was that ‘Urban Cowboy’ thing, where everybody was riding fake bulls.
I had done my first picture and I didn’t have anything to do for awhile. I was asked to come back to New York and do Bus Stop in the role of the cowboy opposite Kim Stanley.
I had my own Land of Lost Sidekicks, where I pretended I lived in Paris with my best friend, a little cowboy based on a Marky Maypo doll.
Roger Ross Williams
I have always aspired towards other people’s looks. When I was young, I loved teddy boys; I thought they looked wonderful. Then I was a cowboy in Arizona, really for the clothes! I had a ranch for five years; I had chaps made of bearskin.
I have horses, I drive a truck, and I wear cowboy boots. First I’m a Texan.
I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already.
I have some NASA memorabilia from the early Apollo days that I can’t imagine parting with. I’ve always wanted to play sort of like a space cowboy, too, like the idea of Captain Kirk. I think that’s everybody’s dream though, right?
I just fell in love with the cowboy way of life.
I just hope that I don’t get typecast a a cowboy. If I wanted to rid the range all the time, I could have stayed in Texas.
Joe Don Baker
I just wanted to play a cowboy for a long time.
I knew before going into the studio that I wanted to make a Western record, featuring a combination of traditional Western folk and cowboy songs and some tunes that I had written that were heavily influenced by that kind of music.
I knew even if I’m a cowboy, I’m going to be involved in jazz in some way.
I like crazy shoes or unusual cowboy boots and I collect big belt buckles.
I like sundresses with cowboy boots, little shorts with big wedge heels and a big piece of turquoise. I also love classic, Old Hollywood romantic styles. I’m ‘country girl meets city girl’ circa 1930.
I like the Rockabilly look. My background is half Italian, half French. I wear cowboy boots and jeans.
I like to wear cowboy gear once in a while. Whenever the occasion comes. In the ring, we used to wear a poncho and the hat.
I liked Western country, like cowboy songs, when I was a little kid. Then I developed a taste for Hank Williams and those sort of songs as I got a little bit older.
I love being a Dallas Cowboy. I love everything about it. I think about it every day.
I love politics. It could be that, or it could be that my dad was always really big on, ‘This is your job. You are going to work…’ You know, it’s really funny cause he was such a cowboy, and he doesn’t like the concept of guys coming in like cowboys – unshaved and wearing flip flops – and stuff like that would eat him alive.
I love the Western genre. In fact, one of my dreams is to play a cowboy on screen, like Clint Eastwood. I don’t think it’s going to happen, but you can always hope.
I love vintage cowboy boots, and some days I’m into platform stilettos encrusted in jewels. It’s really all over the place.
I loved cowboy films and TV series, and I learned bits of English from them. My favorite was ‘Laramie’, with Robert Fuller and John Smith. I used to watch ‘The Lone Ranger’, which had been famous in Japan as well. I idolized these cowboys.
I loved cowboy movies when I was a kid. When I was five years old, I was already wearing a cowboy hat and suit. When I grew up, I knew John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and so on.
I never became a cowboy or baseball player, and now I’m beginning to wonder if I ever really became a writer. I find that I hesitate to put that label on myself, to define myself by what I do for a living.
I only did four days on ‘Just Mercy’ at the same time I’m playing a cowboy in another movie.
I owe my discovery of the Hot Club of Cowtown to Kinky Friedman, leader of the Texas Jewboys. When I saw that Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were headlining the 2003 Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, I thought it my duty to check out the band that had inspired the Texas Jewboys.
I remember seeing the first Astaire-Rogers musical on television, and I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. It dawned on me that you don’t have to wear a cowboy hat to be a man.
I spent every day of third grade wearing a glittery purple cowboy hat.
I spent pretty much all my wages from ‘No Country For Old Men’ on a pair of cowboy boots. They’re ridiculous. It’s like wearing two Christmas trees on my legs.
I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father shot a movie, and I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture. I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat.
I tend to get comfortable with the dialogue and find out who the person is in the script and try to hit that. People are sort of independent of their occupations and their pastimes. You don’t play a politician or a fireman or a cowboy – you just play a person.
I think every man should have a pair of boots. They’re really sexy. Leather boots, cowboy boots, it depends. I really like the ones from the Seventies with the heels.
I think I was probably a cowboy in a past life.
I think Indians dress better than anyone, but I don’t want to imitate more than a detail or two; I prefer my clothes humdrum and inconspicuous, and a cowboy hat just doesn’t work for me.
I think the fact that I’ve always been left or right of mainstream cowboy hats and boots has made me hard to pin down.
I think you can tell a lot by someone’s footwear – cowboy boots would put me off, as would a man in Ugg boots or Crocs.
I think you’re going to find out that westerns will be coming back. It’s Americana, it’s part of our history, the cowboy, the cattle drive, the sheriff, the fight for law, order and justice. Justice will always prevail as far as I’m concerned.
I thought being a cowboy would be a terribly romantic thing to do. But it wasn’t. I shoveled a lot of stalls.
I used to go to a dude ranch which is when you spend your holiday on a ranch so I became a bit of a cowboy.
I used to wear this cowboy outfit. I wouldn’t take off. It was ridiculous. My mum was like, ‘You’ve got to take that off sometime,’ and I was like, ‘No way, this is it.’ It was the ’70s – it was turquoise and yellow, really psychedelic colors. I wanted to be a psychedelic cowboy.
I want to be a Cowboy for life.
I wanted to be a cowboy in cowboy movies.
Mary Pope Osborne
I was 3 and a half, and there was an open call for a Coca-Cola commercial. We were living around Dallas, and my mom took me. I think they were calling for 16-year-olds that could ride horses and swing a rope, and for whatever reason, my mom took me up there when I was 3. But I always had a rope, and I was a little cowboy at that age.
I was a big shiny, glittery-type person. Now I’m a jeans and T-shirt girl, or I’ll wear sun dresses and cowboy boots in the summer. But at first I had to have stylists tell me, ‘That’s ugly.’
I was a fan of westerns growing up. Every boy wanted to ride a horse and be a cowboy.
I was always raised on cowboy films, and then when I could start making choices about the movies I wanted to watch I found myself wanting to watch gangster films which were slightly more sophisticated than the baseline stuff that was in westerns.
I was feeling real good and real manly. Until a real cowboy walked by and told me I had my hat on backwards. So much for my career as a cowboy.
I was freaking out when Brooks & Dunn were breaking up. I thought ‘We play a ton of rodeos, and I thought this was such a cowboy deal, and I don’t wear a hat. They might not think I’m a cowboy. That might sound ridiculous to a lot of people, but apparently, it meant something to me. I wound up with a cowboy tattoo from my elbow to my wrist.
I was like, ‘I’m never gonna do country, I’m never gonna give in, you’ll never see me wear a cowboy hat.’
Hank Williams III
I was surprised by some of my French colleagues who immediately assumed that because I spoke English with an American accent, that, therefore, you must be a supporter of whoever is the current president of the United States. There seems to be this widespread feeling that, ‘Oh, American accent – therefore, you like cowboy boots.’
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
I went East to become an actor and where do I end up? Being a cowboy in a Western.
Joe Don Baker
I went to Texas a few times for gigs and adopted the cowboy look. Every man, at some point in his life, goes through a cowboy stage – everyone! Well, at least everyone that I look up to!
I wore a lot of vintage clothing. I dressed like a reporter, with a little card in my hat. I had these fantasies of who I wanted to be, so I’d dress like an explorer, a cowboy. I dressed up like Elton John a lot too. That was another period.
I’d like to do a cowboy film. I suppose I’ve come close to it on occasion, but not really to a classic cowboy film.
I’d like to live on horseback and just be a cowboy.
I’d love to cover an ‘Incubus’ song. I don’t think anybody in a cowboy hat on a country stage has ever done that, and I’d love to be the first.
I’d spent my first 12 years in New York in an East Village walk-up. The upstairs neighbor was the cowboy from the Village People.
If I cared about who was winning the Oscar, it was when I was a kid when they were giving awards to ‘Midnight Cowboy’ or ‘The Godfather.’
If I could just make Westerns for the rest of my life, that’s all I would do. It’s my favorite movie to make. There’s something about being a cowboy.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
If I hadn’t gone through the hardships I’ve gone through and been rebuked and hated by the Giant fans and the Cowboy fans and the Raider fans, I would not have been nourished in the area of maturity.
If you’re going to wear a cowboy hat, you’re going to have to go all the way. You should have livestock around you, settle all of your disputes with a pistol, and ride a horse absolutely everywhere.
I’m 5’11, so when I wear heels, it’s definitely a really good view that I have. I’m, like, 6’2 when I wear heels, so I tend to wear cowboy boots a lot.
I’m 6’2 – but 6’3 with a little heel on, like the cowboy boots.
I’m a cowboy and an Indian.
I’m a cowboy who never saw a cow.
I’m a cowboy. I wear a hat. I drive a 4×4 Silverado diesel truck. I’ve got a farm.
I’m a neurotic fiction writer who’d like to be a cowboy.
I’m a sucker for movies about uncommon friendships: ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Harold and Maude,’ ‘Scarecrow,’ ‘The Last Detail,’ ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien,’ ‘Jules and Jim,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Stand by Me.’
I’m always for the Indian in the cowboy movie. Always.
I’m always going to be a Cowboy.
I’m an old-time cowboy. I’m an outlaw.
I’m dying to do a Sam Shepard play. ‘Curse of the Starving Class,’ ‘Buried Child,’ ‘True West,’ ‘Cowboy Mouth,’ ‘Fool for Love’ – I’ll do any of them.
I’m either in one of two things: high heels or cowboy boots.
I’m from Texas, so we used to wear our pants starched down like a cowboy. So when I got to New York, to New Jersey, everybody was laughing at me like, ‘Look at his pants! His pants could stand up by themselves!’
I’m like 6’2 when I wear heels, so I tend to wear cowboy boots a lot.
I’m really annoyed by the wave of country music that’s just a list of stuff. It almost sounds like L.A. people writing country music, because it’s just a list of stuff: ‘My pickup truck and my cowboy boots and my Levi’s jeans and my girlfriend with the short shorts.’ It’s so boring!
I’m South American, and growing up in New York, I had the total stereotypical way of thinking of what Texas was about. I’m like, Texas. Big. Cows. Cowboys. Cowboy hats and cowboy boots. And barbeque.
I’m sure when ‘Midnight Cowboy’ came out, it took a couple of minutes to get used to the voice and the look of Dustin Hoffman, or to even recognize that it was Dustin Hoffman.
I’m thrilled, I’m grateful, I’m blessed. I played for the world’s greatest professional sports team in history. Once a Dallas Cowboy, always a Dallas Cowboy.
In 1945, at the beginning of the Cold War, our leaders led us astray. We need to think of the Cold War as an aberration, a wrong turn. As such, we need to go back to where we were in 1945 – before we took the road to a permanent war economy, a national security state and a foreign policy based on unilateralism and cowboy triumphalism.
In a lot of places in the United States and certainly even more places around the world, the image of the cowboy has become, for some people, a negative one. The word ‘cowboy’ implies a strong, stubborn individual whose individualism depends on pulling down other people’s individualism.
In a sense, Bond ousted the cowboy as the screen hero, and Ken Adams replaced the horse with technology.
In basketball, there’s a lot of pushing, grabbing, and shoving going on that nobody else sees. That’s why I’m training with MMA fighter Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
In the United States, you can put on a cowboy hat and join the country-western neighborhood. If you’re down below 14th Street in New York City, that’s bohemian; that’s left-wing.
David Lee Roth
Is there any hungry fighters out there that say they don’t get paid enough by the UFC? I tell you what: Cowboy’s got the answer. Sign on the line. I don’t care where you’re at on the roster. Let’s go.
It doesn’t matter the kind of music, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a cowboy hat or a yarmulke. I don’t care if it’s outer space or pop, the spirit is the same.
David Lee Roth
It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.
It never mattered to me that people in school didn’t think that country music was cool, and they made fun of me for it – though it did matter to me that I was not wearing the clothes that everybody was wearing at that moment. But at some point, I was just like, ‘I like wearing sundresses and cowboy boots.’
It’s a fact that kids watch TV. But if you think back, when you watched cowboy movies, you would go out and play cowboys. TV and movies motivate people.
It’s been a childhood dream of mine to be a Cowboy, honestly.
I’ve always loved comic books. As a kid, I used to read cowboy stories and historical comics about other worlds, unknown places that would take me out of myself and which helped to develop my imagination.
I’ve always loved film, and since I knew I probably couldn’t be a cowboy or a spy in real life, I thought I’d play one in a movie! I started doing theater in middle school and tested for ‘Victorious’ before being in an episode of ‘iCarly.’
I’ve been surprised by Austin. I had a cowboy image of the place. It’s a pretty sophisticated city – in some ways, more sophisticated than Boston. And there’s a lighter feel to the place. It’s very good for my spirits.
I’ve gone from wearing jeans and cowboy boots to wearing miniskirts and gold tassels and high heels. I’m sure I’m not going to dress that way forever. It’s going to change again and again.
I’ve got four pairs of cowboy boots.
Jess Harper was Robert Fuller, particularly in those days. I lived the cowboy life.
John Wayne never ever disappointed his fans, because he was a cowboy.
Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, you can’t beat it.
Justin Salinger showed up one day with a pink cowboy hat on and everyone else got really annoyed because somehow he’d managed to get the pink cowboy hat.
Kerouac was the cowboy that inspired the whole Beat Generation, and highlighted and put the spotlight on all of these minds that didn’t really know what they were doing at the time, but accomplished something much bigger than what they ever foresaw.
Like a cowboy saddling a bucking stallion, Republican leaders tried to tame the Tea Party while riding it to victories.
Living country is more about your values and beliefs than cowboy hats or living on a farm.
Looking back on my ‘Full House’ wardrobe days, I think I almost regret all of my fashion moments. Oh man, I mean the high-waisted jeans, the cowboy boots, and the tent dresses I used to wear? I don’t know what I was thinking.
Midnight Cowboy’ is an exquisite piece of filmmaking. It’s insane.
Most people with whom I talk, often quite educated, think the military is made up of knife-between-the-teeth grunts, uneducated robots without any kind of free will whatsoever – people who goose step to Republican philosophy and particularly the Bush cowboy mentality.
My dad grew up in western Nebraska. I’d visit all the time as a kid, and it’s very much like the Wild West. It felt to me like a cowboy movie. Stuff like that made me become this dreamer at a young age.
My dad is the Frenchest man alive, but totally dresses like a cowboy and is obsessed with vintage.
My dad was a diehard Cowboys fan. I was raised as a Cowboy fan, and I was forced to be a Cowboy fan.
My dream was to go to Nashville. I had my sights set on my dream. I used to have an ’89 Toyota Ford truck. On the front of the truck, I had this license plate with cowboy boots and a guitar that I had airbrushed at Wal-Mart. It said ‘Chasin’ A Dream.’ That was kind of my motto.
My father grew up in West Texas, in Lubbock, and I’ve got family here, and I grew up a Dallas Cowboy fan all my life.
My father was a sort of John Wayne Texan who’d worked as a cowboy when he was young. He’d participated in rattlesnake round-ups and swum with copperheads.
My father was what you would call a cowboy, a vaquero; he worked out in the ranches with cattle. And my mother came from farmers down in the valley.
My father’s a protector. My father’s old-school. He’s a cowboy.
My favorite movies are movies from the ’70s, like ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ and to me, ‘Hereditary’ seemed like it fit in with those movies, and it was just horrifying. It seemed like it took the things that I love about movies and really fleshed out characters.
My fighting style, if you will, is a combination of mimicking, cowboy films and boxing that I have done throughout my life.
My first cat was named Cowboy, after the Dallas Cowboys.
My grandpa was a big cowboy in his values and the way he lived his life. For our family, the ranch represented our family time when we got to drive down through all that desert farmland and Grandpa would wake us up at 5 A.M. to feed the horses if we wanted to earn the right to ride them later. I always had so much fun.
My great grandfather had been the neighbourhood ‘horse whisperer,’ so I’ve probably loved horses since I was an embryo. Whenever I watched cowboy films as a small child, I wasn’t watching the hunky cowboys – which I’d probably do now – I was watching the horses. Even now, I love sitting in the field just watching the way they move.
My mom couldn’t afford dance shoes, so she put me in these old cowboy boots with a hard bottom so I could get some sound out. I used them for seven months. When I finally got real tap shoes, I was nervous. I kept moving my feet, thinking, ‘Oh, so this is how it’s supposed to sound.’
My personal style has developed from growing up in Oklahoma, middle America, where I was wearing jeans and cowboy boots and where people were not running around in miniskirts.
Nashville is wicked. It’s like a proper music community, but it’s also quintessentially American. You bump into people there with cowboy hats that spit in jars and call you ‘boy.’ I just love that.
No cowboy songs, no hoedowns. It’s a more serious piece. Yet every bar of ‘Appalachian Spring’ is clear, clean, tonal, intelligible – great music that anyone can grasp at first hearing.
No man should have cowboys boots in his wardrobe. That’s fair enough, isn’t it? Unless you’re a cowboy, of course.
No one would ever have heard Marcus Hummon’s version of ‘Cowboy, Take Me Away’ if he hadn’t recorded it on the Sampler. I would have heard it because I hear him sing all the time, but no one else would have been able to enjoy it, and now they can and will be able to for years.
Nobody wants to see a bland period western. Who wants to see a cowboy carrying a purse?
Not long ago, every time I did a picture shoot for a magazine, the photographer would ask me to show up wearing jeans and cowboy boots. They seemed to think I was a hillbilly. Now it’s different. Now they’re not quite sure what to make of me. And I show up wearing whatever I want.
Not long ago, in an excruciatingly remote village in the Australian Outback, I was startled to see a bartender in a cowboy hat measuring out a classically proportioned French 75 – something he’d picked up on the Internet, he told me.
Note to all men: If you’re going to make mention of something that a woman did, like wear cowboy boots, make sure you’ve got the right woman!
Nowhere in the world will you find a cowboy speaking in Tamil.
Oh, the dilemma of the summer music festival. On one hand, we ladies try very hard to look cute walking around those muddy fields in our cowboy boots and cut-offs. On the other hand, we want to look like we really didn’t try at all and just rolled out of bed looking this way.
Patrick Swayze is a fantastic man and an inspiration to work with. He is a fearless cowboy type and a movie icon.
People are always going to say, ‘Who’s he beat? He’s only beat Cowboy.’ So what you’re trying to tell me is Cowboy is a nobody? Cowboy will be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time. And I beat him in one round.
People in Texas wear cowboy hats; they’re good at keeping the sun off your neck and face.
Pretend you’re a southern sheriff. Or Mae West. Or Donald Duck. Buy a western hat and walk around the house like a cowboy. The point of all this, of course, is to draw yourself out of your accustomed groove.
Put ‘Cowboy’ on every card. I’d be ready to go.
Rob Quist is Nancy Pelosi in a cowboy hat.
Simple. Pared down. Timeless. The ties were never too thick or too thin; the pants were never too flared or too skinny. In my life with Dad, he wore Western apparel because we went riding – jeans, cowboy boots, the turquoise belt buckle. But it was all very simple, and that classic look is very ‘Ralph Lauren.’
Stetsons are the ultimate in cowboy headwear.
Super Bowl V was the Colts against the Cowboys and Jim O’Brien kicked a 32 yard field goal to beat the Cowboys. I was traumatized by it. Everyone at school knew I was the only Cowboy fan in the area. I didn’t want to go to school and I begged and pleaded with my parents. Those are indelible memories when you are a kid.
That cowboy look – the hat and the bandana – that’s not a fashion statement. That clothing is purely practical.
That’s where I got my start and where I’ll continue to work, but I can’t tell you the number of films between Drugstore Cowboy and Curly Sue that I auditioned for and wanted that didn’t choose me.
The audience wants to hear ‘Rock n’ Me,’ ‘Space Cowboy,’ ‘Living in the U.S.A.’ When you start to play something else, you can feel the interest and enthusiasm go; the steam goes out of room. They are really ‘Greatest Hits’ fans and that’s what they want to hear. It’s disappointing that it’s this way in the U.S.
The fact that I got Drugstore Cowboy at all was a fluke.
The first movie I appeared in was Carry On Cowboy, though not as an actor. I was just riding horses.
The first picture of me that I know of was me in the crib wearing a pair of cowboy boots.
The first thing that pops into my mind when it comes to playing cowboys is my father, Lloyd Bridges. When I was a little kid, I loved to dress up like a cowboy – put on the boots, hat, and walk around. He was in a lot of westerns, and my dad loved to ride.
The first time I ever put on a cowboy hat for a video a lot of people on my team was like, ‘Are you sure? You know, we don’t want people we think we country.’ I’m like, ‘It’s cute! I don’t care what people think.’
Megan Thee Stallion
The Indian cowboy is such a uniquely American contradiction.
The one thing I couldn’t identify with was the blue cowboy outfit he put on.
The owner of Mid-South Wrestling, ‘Cowboy’ Bill Watts was and is extremely intelligent and unbelievable at understanding the psychology of our industry and I probably learned more from him then just about anybody.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
The system in which I came up in was that every territory had to have a black, a white… if you went to Texas you had to have somebody that was a cowboy or one that was from Mexico. There wasn’t that many Afro Americans in the business at the time so I moved around a lot. But every time I moved around, I made money.
The thing I always loved about the movie business is it is really a cowboy industry in the sense that there’s no prescribed road into it or through it.
The trick of this thing and the beauty of this thing is that it’s a cowboy movie first and then stuff happens. Even after stuff happens it doesn’t change – it hasn’t suddenly changed into another kind of movie. It’s still a cowboy movie. And that’s what’s incredible about it because nobody has done that before, that’s new territory.
The weirdest request I got was for a picture of me naked with nothing on but my cowboy boots. Needless to say, she went home empty-handed. I have, however, on several occasions, strolled around my apartment in nothing but my cowboy boots. There was just no one there to take pictures.
There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can’t think of one at the moment.
There’s a big difference between me and a real, legitimate working hand, or a world-champion rodeo cowboy. I play ’em, and I aspire to be like that, but those guys are tough.
They gave me the chaps and hat and everything. I looked like a real cowboy. I walked around the rodeo and thought, I am a real cowboy and thought everyone thought I was a real cowboy.
This constant need for dominance and strength, having walls up, this kind of silent broker cowboy who needs to have something that can be redeemed before he is actually worthy of love, there is a missing piece to that strength.
Timberlake was once a boy-band idol with mismatched baggy attire and the curly, frosted locks of a Cabbage Patch Kid doll. His early fashion missteps included a full denim costume complete with rhinestones and a cowboy hat, and for a time, his hair was twisted in cornrows.
Tipping your hat to a lady is good form. If you’re at a dinner table, you’d most certainly take your hat off – cowboy hat, baseball hat, or otherwise.
To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn’t exist before and couldn’t exist after. It’s almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you’re dead – not them. To me, photography’s always like that.
Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.
Troy Aikman has always felt like a Dallas Cowboy to me.
Until this movie I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already, and am ready for this phase of my career.
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.
We need the federal government to assert their supremacy over the immigration issue and make it clear to state legislatures, cowboy cops, and the American people that the federal government is in charge and effectively enforcing and regulating immigration.
Well, Tommy Lee Jones is a little bit more intimidating. He’s definitely a cowboy. He’s from Texas.
When creating ‘Cowboy Bebop,’ I thought it would be more interesting if I added different types of elements together to create something that was completely new.
When I did ‘Slacker,’ I didn’t own cowboy hats or boots. I was like, ‘That’s not me.’
When I first arrived in Houston, I was fascinated with the elaborate styles of cowboy boots and thought they were incredibly exotic. They also seemed to be a central part of a specifically ‘Texan’ identity, one distinct from being ‘American.’
When I first started buying shoes with my own money, I would always get them from eBay. I used to hack my mum’s account, and suddenly these white cowboy leather boots would arrive.
When I found out I was going to be a Dallas Cowboy, I just knew I would have to adapt fast. I knew everything would happen real fast. I didn’t really have time to think about it, to be honest.
When I got to Nashville, people started asking me about how I got into country music. I’d tell them I came from a place where people wore cowboy hats for a real reason.
When I grew up, I only had two dreams. One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic and riding horses.
When I played Ivanhoe, kids used to come along and kick me because they thought I wore armour under my clothes. When I was Maverick, I was accepted as a cowboy. And in ‘The Persuaders,’ I became Lord Brett Sinclair. In other words, I am what I am for as long as I am.
When I started, there was a phase where I wanted to be a cowboy star. I didn’t want to do deep, serious parts.
When I was a kid, my step dad started this business and would go out and get lost cows and stuff. He was part-time truck driver, farmer and cowboy. He taught me how to ride from an early age.
When I was about six, I was kind of a cowboy. I’d dress up in boots, straps, hat and bandanna, and my dad would take us to the rodeo.
When I was growing up, the first thing I wanted to be was a cowboy. That lasted till I was about ten. Then I wanted to be a baseball player. Preferably shortstop for the New York Yankees.
When I was really young, I had an afro and wore pressed jeans and argyle sweaters. In my teens, I moved on to ripped Levi’s jeans, white T-shirts, and cowboy boots.
When I was starting to get noticed as an actor in the 1970s for something other than the third cowboy on the right who ended up dying in every movie or episode, Burt Reynolds was the biggest star in the world.
When I’m not doing solo shows, I’m performing with my cowboy band Los Pacaminos – we play the kind of music you’d hear in Tarantino films.
When in Texas, do as the Texans do: Drive trucks, wear cowboy boots, and two-step!Kaitlyn Bristowe
When my father came out on stage wearing a big cowboy hat and a shirt lettered ‘Bar Mitzvah Ranch’ to sing ‘Home on the Range’ in Yiddish, it was his way of saying, ‘I want to be an American.’
When people think of the West, it’s easy to envision wagon trains, Buffalo Bill, the glory days of the Gold Rush. Cowboy hats come to mind.
When someone talks about Western films, you probably think of those old black and white cowboy films your granddad likes. But the Western is a wonderful genre because it is usually a story of a lone hero fighting against corruption in a dangerous world.
When The Byrds started country-rock, we had no idea there would be such a thing. We were just trying to honor the music. We started listening to country radio. We went to Nudie’s and got cowboy clothes.
When youre talking about the genre country music, it used to be called Country & Western music. It plays a pretty big role in that pantheon of country music. Thats the whole reason why those guys in Nashville started wearing cowboy hats and boots back in the day. That didnt come from the South, that came from the West.Colter Wall
Whether I’m in the main event or on the preliminary card, the same Cowboy is going to be out there.
Why is it surprising that scientists might have long hair and wear cowboy boots? In fields like neuroscience, where the events you are recording are so minute, I suspect scientists cultivate a boring, reliable image. A scientist with a reputation for flamboyance might be suspect.
You can listen to a lot of cowboy records that sound goofy and almost cartoon-y. Its a fine line to walk, having traditional cowboy songs rooted in some kind of reality, while at the same time maintaining that mythos without it becoming a mockery of it.
You cannot separate sexuality from cheerleading. It is inherently what it is – growing up with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and all of that stuff.
You have to remember: I grew up in the 1950s, the era of cowboy movies and rock ‘n’ roll.
You know who first started calling me ‘The Cowboy’ – Paul Richards. He loved to play golf and when he came to Los Angeles he used to call me up and I’d arrange for him to play at Lakeside and when he saw me, he always called me ‘Cowboy’ and everybody else in baseball picked it up.Gene Autry
You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Cowboy Quotes are a great way to express the spirit of the Wild West. From the classic phrases of Roy Rogers, to the more modern thoughts of Will Rogers, cowboy quotes can help us to get in touch with our inner cowboy. They can help us to find the courage to take on any challenge that life throws our way, and the wisdom to appreciate the moments of peace and quiet that life can offer. Cowboy Quotes can be a source of inspiration and a reminder of the spirit of the Wild West that still lives in our hearts.