They Said What?

There’s nothing like looking back at the Old West through the words of those who lived it. There were some real characters back them, and here are a few actual quotes to prove it.

Words to Live By

  • “Never run a bluff with a six-gun.”– Bat Masterson
  • “As a good horse is not very apt to jump over a bank, if left to guide himself, I let mine pick his own way.”-Buffalo Bill
  • “Why should I obtain by force that which I can obtain by cheating?”-Doc Holliday
  • “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” –Wyatt Earp
  • “Shoot first and never miss.” – Bat Masterson

Setting the Record Straight

  • “They say I killed six or seven men for snoring. It ain’t true. I only killed one man for snoring.” – John Wesley Hardin

Famous Last Words

  • “If a man knows anything, he ought to die with it in him.” -Sam Bass
  • “Can’t you hurry this up a bit? I hear they eat dinner in Hades at twelve sharp and I don’t aim to be late.” – Black Jack Ketchum
  • “Let the record show I’ve killed 51 men. Let ’er rip.” Deacon Jim Miller, professional killer
  • “Suppose, suppose …” Wyatt Earp
  • “I see a good many enemies around, and mighty few friends.”-Bill Longley

Calamity Jane

 Girls with Guns

  • “I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.” -Calamity Jane
  • “A pair of six-shooters beats a pair of sixes.” -Belle Starr
  • “I never killed unless I was compelled to.” -Belle Starr
  • “I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him either.”-Annie Oakley

Now That’s Mighty Thoughtful

  • “I didn’t want to send him to hell on an empty stomach.”- Clay Allison after killing a man at dinner

The Hangman Speaketh

  • “I never hanged a man that didn’t deserve it.” Judge Parker’s hangman George Maledon
  • “We never did hang the wrong one but once or twice, and them fellers needed to be hung anyhow jes’ on general principles.”- nameless judge

 That Fighting Spirit

  • “Well, if there ain’t going to be any rules, let’s get the fight started.” -Butch Cassidy
  • “I want results when I fight.”- Frank James

  Reaching for the Stars

  • “All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it’s happened I guess I’m just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy.” -John Dillinger

 Okay now it’s your turn. 

What saying or words of wisdom would you like to be remembered for?


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Margaret Brownley
Margaret has published more than 46 books and is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author and two-time Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist. She writes historical novels set--where else?--in the Old West! She has written for a day time soap and is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Updated: March 19, 2017 — 7:43 am


  1. Margaret- loved your blog, that’s some great lines. Your book cover is beautiful.
    What I’d life you be Remember by: hum??
    “I’m the sweet person you’ll ever meet until I’m angered, then you better watch out, this Texas girl will get her revenge.”

    1. Hi Tonya,your line made me laugh. You should put that on your ‘fridge.

      1. Maybe I’ll will. ??I’m a pretty much laid back girl, I hope you have a brilliant day.

  2. The one with the most books wins.

    1. Hi Debra, the most books, uh? Yep, that would be me!

  3. Thanks, Margaret! What a fun way to start the day!
    What to be remembered for…that’s a tough one. I would like to adapt a saying…
    “She could give without loving but she couldn’t love without giving.”

    1. Hi Rosie, I know this is tough, but it makes you think, doesn’t it? Your line really does get to the heart of things.

  4. These were fun, Margaret. By far, my favorites were:

    “I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.” -Calamity Jane
    •“I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him either.”-Annie Oakley

    Gotta love a girl with spunk!

    1. Karen, yes, those two were my favorites.

      I love a girl with spunk, too, that’s why I love your characters!

  5. Thank you for helping me start my day with a smile.

    1. Thanks, Jeannie, what better way to start the day?

  6. Fun Quotes! I’m not sure what quote would I would be best remembered by. Hmm…
    “Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do”
    “Sometimes it just takes a girl to get the job done”
    Those are two things that I’m known for saying in my younger days. I used to be quite handy and took care of everything, sick babies, leaky plumbing, rebuilding walls, painting, hanging curtains, rods and all, grooming dogs and so much more. I had the nickname “Handy Andie” for a number of years.
    Nowadays, I like to say, “Just sit down and read a book”

    1. Andie, wow!

      After years of taking care of everything, you certainly deserve a rest!

  7. Love the sayings.

  8. I loved all of the sayings. Mine would be:
    “The more people I meet, the more I love my cats.”
    My cats have always been there for me when no one else was.

    1. Hi Janine, I’m sure a lot of people can relate to your saying. LOL

  9. Fun post! I have a couple I’ve heard that have stayed with me:
    “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
    “Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.”
    “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

    And I totally agree with Janine. For me it would be my dog has always been there for me when others weren’t. In fact, he’s sitting right by my side, right now, as he always is.

    I also _found_ this fun one:
    “Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.”

    1. Thanks, Eliza, those are fun ones for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  10. These are fabulous!! I have always loved the Annie Oakley one of “…I ain’t afraid to shoot him either.” LOL

  11. Hi Susan, your post made me laugh. We could get into a lot of trouble, here.

  12. Never say never!!!

    1. HI Catslady, now that’s a good one!

  13. Here goes mine…”If in this life I have brought a smile to one’s face, then I have done something.” Love your post, Margaret! Thank you for sharing.

  14. Fun post. Nice cover for your new book.

    Don’t tell me what you believe, show me by living it.

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