THE CODE OF THE WEST
From the Book, "A Cowboy's Guide to Life" By Texas Bix Bender
Write it in your heart. Stand by the code, and it will stand by you. Ask no more and give no less than honesty, courage, loyalty, generosity, and fairness.
You don't need decorated words to make your meanin' clear. Say it plain and save some breath for breathin'.
Don't never interfere with something that ain't botherin' you none.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop diggin'.
Never grumble. It makes you about as welcome as a sidewinder in a cow camp.
If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure its still there.
It don't matter so much how long a ride you have, as how well you ride it.
Always drink upstream from the herd. Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.
The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is put on your Stetson.
Don't worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.
When it comes to cussin don't swallow your tongue; use both barrels and air out your lungs.
Don't get mad at somebody who knows more than you do. It ain't their fault.
Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much. Generally, you ain't learin' nothin' when your mouth is a-jawin'.
If you want to forget all your troubles, take a little walk in brand-new pair of high-heeled ridin' boots.
The wildest critters live in the city! Trust everybody in the game, but always cut the cards.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.
Don't let so much reality into your life that there's no room left for dreamin'.
Makin' it in life is kinda like bustin' broncs: you're gonna get thrown a lot. The simple secret is to keep gettin' back on.
Go after life as if it's something that's got to be roped in a hurry before it gets away.
Don't squat with your spurs on! Never miss a chance to rest your horse.