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The Cowboy Code
(My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys)

Gene Autry's Code of Honor
  • A cowboy never takes unfair advantage - even of an enemy.

  • A cowboy never betrays a trust. He never goes back on his word.

  • A cowboy always tells the truth.

  • A cowboy is kind and gentle to small children, old folks, and animals.

  • A cowboy is free from racial and religious intolerances.

  • A cowboy is always helpful when someone is in trouble.

  • A cowboy is always a good worker.

  • A cowboy respects womanhood, his parents and his nation's laws.

  • A cowboy is clean about his person in thought, word, and deed.

  • A cowboy is a Patriot.

Hopalong Cassidy's Creed for American Boys and Girls
  • The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be truthful at all times.

  • Your parents are the best friends you have. Listen to them and obey their instructions.

  • If you want to be respected, you must respect others. Show good manners in every way.

  • Only through hard work and study can you succeed. Don't be lazy.

    Your good deeds always come to light. So don't boast or be a show-off.

  • If you waste time or money today, you will regret it tomorrow. Practice thrift in all ways.

  • Many animals are good and loyal companions. Be friendly and kind to them.

  • A strong, healthy body is a precious gift. Be neat and clean.

  • Our country's laws are made for your protection. Observe them carefully.

  • Children in many foreign lands are less fortunate than you. Be glad and proud you are an American.

Wild Bill Hickok's Deputy Marshal Code of Conduct
  • I will be brave, but never careless.

  • I will obey my parents. They DO know best.

  • I will be neat and clean at all times.

  • I will be polite and courteous.

  • I will protect the weak and help them.

  • I will study hard.

  • I will be kind to animals and care for them.

  • I will respect my flag and my country.

  • I will attend my place of worship regularly.

The Lone Ranger Creed
  • I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

  • That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

  • That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

  • In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

  • That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

  • That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.

  • That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

  • That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

  • That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.

  • I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules
  • Be neat and clean.

  • Be courteous and polite.

  • Always obey your parents.

  • Protect the weak and help them.

  • Be brave, but never take chances.

  • Study hard and learn all you can.

  • Be kind to animals and care for them.

  • Eat all your food and never waste any.

  • Love God and go to Sunday School regularly.

  • Always respect our flag and our country.

Roy Rogers Prayer
Lord, I reckon I'm not much just by myself,
I fail to do a lot of things I ought to do.
But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high,
Help me ride it straight the whole way through.
And when in the falling dusk I get that final call,
I do not care how many flowers they send,
Above all else, the happiest trail would be
For YOU to say to me, "Let's ride, My Friend"


Texas Rangers "Deputy Ranger" Oath
  • Be Alert.

  • Be Obedient.

  • Defend the Weak.

  • Never Desert a Friend.

  • Never Take Unfair Advantage.

  • Be Neat.

  • Be Truthful.

  • Uphold Justice.

  • Live Cleanly.

  • Have Faith in God.

Code of the West
(from "Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from
the Code of the West" by James P. Owen)
  • Live each day with courage.

  • Take pride in your work.

  • Always finish what you start.

  • Do what has to be done.

  • Be tough, but fair.

  • When you make a promise, keep it.

  • Ride for the brand.

  • Talk less and say more.

  • Remember that some things aren't for sale.

  • Know where to draw the line.

An Old Cowboy's Advice
  • Keep your fences horse-high, pig-tight & bull-strong.

  • Keep skunks & bankers & lawyers at a distance.

  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

  • Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

  • Don't corner something that would normally run from you.

  • It doesn't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.

  • Every path has a few puddles.

  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.

  • Most of the stuff people worry about is never gonna happen anyway.

  • Don't judge folks by their relatives.

  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  • Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

  • Sometimes you get, & sometimes you get got.

  • Don't fix it if it ain't broke.

  • Always drink upstream from the herd.

  • Good judgment comes from experience, & a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
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