- According to Charles M. Russell, an Old West cowboy, historian, and jack of all trades, “spending so many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think. That's why so many cowboys fancied themselves philosophers.” The philosophical bent shows in the Old West advice we still enjoy in movies celebrating the cowboy lifestyle today!
1. Don't go in if you don't know the way out.
2. If the saddle creaks, hasn’t been paid for.
3. Brace your backbone and forget your wishbone.
4. Never drive black cattle in the dark.
5. It isn’t worth fussing about unless the bone is showing or you ain’t got no feeling in it.
6. “There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor and the other is patience.” – John Lyons
7. “You be there, and don't make us come and get you.” – Liberty Valance, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
8. “When you have reached my age, you will have realized that it pays to stick to your own knitting. That's exactly what I intend to do!” – Major Braden, Cheyenne Autumn
9. “Now turn around and head for the door. Keep movin' and don't do anything sudden with your hands.” – Jimmy Ringo, The Gunfighter
10. “You don't look out for yourself, the only helping hand you'll ever get is when they lower the box.” – Hud Bannon, Hud