CowboySpirit.TV – If an Old West cowboy out on the trail was lucky enough to have a woman waiting at home for him, he was likely unlucky enough to be ribbed by his trail mates about it. Still, even those who did not have a sweetheart waiting for them in a more populous area of the country were likely jealous; as Alex de Tocqueville wrote after touring America at the start of the Old West’s heyday, “each of them, living apart, is as a stranger to the fate of all the rest; his children and his private friends constitute to him the whole of mankind.” Here are ten more Old West quotes that immortalize the cowboy’s respect for (and sometimes, gentle kidding of) women.
1. The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.
2. “If I were you boys, I wouldn't talk or even think about women. It ain't good for your health.” – Walter Huston as Howard in the Old West classic The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
3. You can't turn a woman any more than you can turn a runaway hog.
4. Women get the last word in every argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
5. Sometimes even a cowboy’s gotta swallow his pride to hold on to somebody he loves.
6. “When women go wrong, men go right after them.” – Mae West
7. “As I understand it, a mademoiselle is a madam who ain't quite made it yet, only younger and friskier. I'd call it a compliment.” – James Stewart as Wyatt Earp, Cheyenne Autumn
8. “The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.” – Will Durant
9. Men build houses; women build homes.
This could be an Old West interpretation of the old Chinese proverb, “A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.”
10. A lady is a woman who makes it easy for a man to be a gentleman
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