CowboySpirit.com – As the Old West continues a popular revival with the release of new seminal spaghetti western films like Django Unchained and the upcoming release of the remake of the Lone Ranger, many movie-goers are rediscovering the spirit of the American West. This includes not only the legends and the lifestyle, but some of the sayings that sprang from the West which many might not realize are now over one hundred years old. Here are ten more Old West sayings worth remembering!
1. Boot Hill is full of fellows who pulled their triggers without aiming.
There were a number of Old West cemeteries named Boot Hill, since many men on the frontier “died with their boots on.”
2. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
3. Being thrown by a horse is not the worst thing that will happen to you. Relax before you hit the ground.
4. A lovely horse is always an experience; it is an emotional experience the kind that is spoiled by words.
This saying, which captures the character of the Old West, is an interesting counterpoint to #3!
5. “The time to live and the place to die. That’s all any man gets. No more, no less.” Hank Worden as Parson in The Alamo
6. A gun and three of a kind always beats three of a kind.
7. Head ‘em up, move ‘em out!
8. If men were intended to fight like dogs, we would have longer claws and sharper teeth.
While this may be true, with the state of dental care in the Old West it was probably best that men’s teeth weren’t so sharp!
9. That sure puts the pig meat in the fire!
In other words, that starts a party!
10. You don’t always have to be first. But being best is a whole lot better.
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