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Like famous cowboys, cowgirls have a reputation for being tougher than nails, thanks to iconic Wild West women such as Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, and Belle Starr. They also have a softer side. Cowgirls are also known to be kind and loving, particularly to folks in their inner circle — and their horses, of course. These gals are hard-working, capable, and can rope and ride with the best of 'em. In some cases, they may even out-rope and out-ride cowboys (don't tell the cowboys, though!).

Whether you have a general affinity for the culture and Western style or you're an aspiring cowgirl yourself, having a few cowgirl quotes and sayings in your arsenal is a mighty good idea. And hey darlin', while you're here, check out our roundup of famous cowboy quotes, too!

Cowgirl Quotes

  1. “God intended women to be outside as well as men, and they do not know what they are missing when they stay cooped up in the house.” – Annie Oakley
  2. "A cowgirl knows no fear." – Unknown
  3. "Cowgirls don't cry, they just dust off and ride." – Brooks & Dunn
  4. "She's whiskey in a teacup." – Unknown
  5. "Don't be a lady, be a legend." – Dolly Parton
  6. "A cowgirl is a woman with guts and a horse." – Unknown
  7. "The cowgirl spirit is wild and free, strong and brave, and full of endless possibility." – Unknown
  8. “Boots, class and a little sass, that’s what cowgirls are made of.” – Candice Nichols
  9. "Give a girl the right pair of boots and she can conquer the world." – Marilyn Monroe
  10. "Life's tough, but cowgirls are tougher." – Unknown
  11. "A cowgirl stands up for what’s right, even if she stands alone." – Unknown
  12. "For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins." – Melissa James
  13. "A cowgirl's heart is as big as the wide open prairie." – Unknown
  14. "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." – Margaret Thatcher
  15. "Sometimes an angel, sometimes a hell raiser, always a strong woman." – R.H. Sin
  16. “Dirt is cowgirl glitter.” – Fallon Taylor
  17. "Life is short, but my boots are tall." – Unknown
  18. "A cowgirl is a rare blend of grit and grace, toughness and tenderness, power and femininity." – Unknown
  19. "It’s not how many times you get bucked off that counts, it’s how many times you saddle back up." – Unknown
  20. "In riding a horse we borrow freedom." – Helen Thomson
  21. "Most cowgirls are natural storytellers, their art honed by years of practice." – Teresa Jordan
  22. "Wherever your trail takes you today, don’t be discouraged by the puddles.⁠" – Unknown
  23. "If a cowgirl is smiling she’s thinking of doing something crazy, if she’s laughing she’s already done it." – Cassidy Magazine
  24. "It ain’t the clothes that make the cowgirl – it’s the attitude and the heart.⁠" – Unknown
  25. "Good girls are made of sugar and spice, cowgirls are made of whiskey on ice." – Rita Cynder

Quotes for Cowgirls

  1. “Cowgirl is an attitude, really; a pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage.” – Dale Evans
  2. “Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a dog.” – Caroline Simon
  3. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton
  4. "I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one." – Calamity Jane
  5. "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." – Winston Churchill
  6. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by a horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie
  7. "Don’t be like the rest of them darling." – Grace Kelly
  8. "A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character." – Tesio
  9. "Tough times never last, but tough people do." – Robert H. Schuller
  10. "And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears." – Mark Anthony
  11. “Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  12. "They say 'a dog is a man’s best friend.' This may be true. But I say 'A horse is a girl’s best friend'." – Unknown
  13. "Don’t squat with your spurs on." – Will Rogers
  14. "It’s all very simple, keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side." – Unknown
  15. "I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice." – Linda McCartney

Cowgirl Sayings

  1. "Keep calm and cowgirl on."
  2. "Some days you just gotta put on your boots and dance anyway."
  3. "Cowgirl: A better-looking cowboy with brains."
  4. "Life is tough my darling, but so are you."
  5. "A woman never looks better than on horseback." – Jane Austen
  6. "Sometimes a cowgirl has to do what a cowboy can’t."
  7. "Sit loosely in the saddle." – Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. “You’re not a real woman until you’ve been in a rodeo.”
  9. "A bad ride is much better than a good walk." – J. Peter Grace
  10. "Cowboys are proof that cowgirls can take a joke." – Unknown

Cowgirl Up With Tecovas

Being a cowgirl is a way of life.. Some gals begin riding as soon as they learn to walk. But you don’t have to have grown up on a ranch to embrace the cowgirl code — confidence and an independent streak is an attitude wide open to everyone.

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