Wednesday, November 10, 2010


"The west is good country for men and dogs but its mighty tough on women and oxen."

Whenever you get a group of working men together in a difficult situation you're sure to get a few things. One is a lot of impressive work done, another is some really great humor that doesn't share well in mixed company, and another is wisdom that comes from experience.

Over the years, that wisdom gets pared down to little snippets, sayings and parables that people repeat because they are well stated. Who said them first and where they originated is lost and unimportant, all that matters is their weight and truth.

The old west was one of those times and places, where cowboys, cavalry men, and other frontiersmen gathered, worked, fought, lived, and died all sharing wisdom and thoughts. I have a book called Savvy Sayin's that I mentioned a few years ago, and its time to bust out a few more of these frontier-wrought parables once more.
RemingtonA year of nursin' don't equal a day of sweetheart

Every jackass thinks he's got horse sense

Silence can be a speech

A man can easy brag himself out of a place to lean at the bar

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction

There's a little boy sleeping inside many a grown man you'd call sensible

Lawyers can get you out of trouble you'd never get into if there were no lawyers

Its hard to put a foot in a shut mouth

A man who ain't got ideas of his own should be mighty careful of who he borrows them from

Its better to say "here's where he ran" than "here's where he died"

Stay shy of a man who's all gurgle 'n' no guts

Some men talk 'cause they got somethin' to say
Others talk c'ause they got to say somethin'

Just 'cause a man ain't yet had the chance to steal don't mean he's honest

Skill throws more weight than strength

When a cowboy's too old to be a bad example, he hands out good advice

An over-polite man is hidin' some mighty unpolite ideas

Live is one man gettin' hugged for stealin a kiss and another gettin' slapped

RemingtonA corkscrew never pulled no one out of a hole

A man who apologizes when there's no need knows something you don't

Never trust a man who can look a pretty woman in the eye

If a man who knows you calls you "mister" then he don't think much of you

Its safer to have a good enemy than a bad friend

Lonesome creates diseases that friendship cures

A good friend is one who tells you your faults in private

There's many more of these in the book. Its compiled from a lot of sources, such as the Old West Almanac, things that were once better-known and full of the kind of wisdom that only comes from hard experience. I've got plenty more that will show up here over time.

1 comment:

eric said...

"The shallower the stream, the louder the babgble."

"Never go huntin' with a fella nicknamed Chug-a-Lug."

"Better to have loved and lost than to marry a pig farmer."

"You can't blame a worm for not wanting to go fishing."

"Never corner something that's meaner than you."

"Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps."