Cowboy Logic from Don Hineman

As a life-long farmer/rancher and resident of western Kansas, Don has a somewhat unique perspective of people, and of life in general.  He passes along some of country-style wisdom in each of his newsletters – including the life-lessons of his “Cowboy Logic”.

From Don’s 2018 Mailings:

“Holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent-free in your head.”

From Don’s 2017 Mailings:

“A barn can build you a house but a house will never build you a barn.”

“Beware of bargains… in parachutes, fire extinguishers, brain surgeons and bulls.”

“If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.”

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

“I have reached the age where the things I remember the most clearly never even happened.”

“My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance for idiots that needs work.”

“No one gives advice with more enthusiasm than the uninformed.”

From Don’s 2016 Mailings:

“Don’t get mad at somebody who knows more ‘n you do. It ain’t their fault.”

“I used to be indecisive; now I’m not so sure.”

“Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.”

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”

“It’s all what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

“Tossing a rope before building a loop won’t catch the calf.”

“A wise man does not test the depth of a river with both feet.”

“If something goes without saying, let it.”

“Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.

There is no vaccine for stupidity.

From Don’s 2015 Mailings:

Half the people you know are below average.

“When in deep water, keep your mouth shut.”

“Twenty years ago I started out with nothing – and I still have most of it.”

“The key to happiness is a bad memory.”

“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”

“No sense in being pessimistic; it wouldn’t work anyway.”

“Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but the federal government is just downright abusing the privilege.”

“Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

“If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.”

“The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly” – borrowed from Rolf Smith

From Don’s 2014 Mailings:

“If you lend someone $20 and never see him again, it was probably worth it.”

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go very far until you change it.”

“If you think you are a person of influence, try ordering someone else’s dog around” – borrowed from Will Rogers

“The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.”

“Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.”

“Never expect good news in an envelope with a window.”

“If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there” – borrowed from Will Rogers

“Important comes in two sizes – yours and mine.”

“If you can’t be a good example, be a WARNING.”

“Beware of a half-truth – you may have hold of the wrong half.”

“When I hear somebody talk about a horse or cow being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that the animal has somehow outfoxed them.” – borrowed from Tom Dorrance

“Sometimes life gives you the test before you’ve had time to learn the lesson.”

From Don’s 2013 Mailings:

“Don’t get mad at somebody who knows more ‘n you do. It ain’t their fault.”

“Anyone who says marriage is a 50/50 proposition knows nothing about men, women or fractions.”

“Holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent-free in your head.”

“Never put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.”

“Some folks don’t lie, they just remember big.”

“Hard work ain’t easy – but most people don’t know that.”

“If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.”

“No one gives advice with more enthusiasm than the uninformed.”

From Don’s 2012 Mailings:

“It is better to have something and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”

“Don’t get mad at somebody who knows more ‘n you do.  It ain’t their fault.

“Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.”

“The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.”

“Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.”

“The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein.   It rejects it!”

“A loud mouth and a shallow mind go well together.”

“Never deal with a person who thinks everyone else is a crook.”

From Don’s 2011 Mailings:

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

“Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.”

“Life ain’t in holdin’ a good hand – but in playin’ a poor one well.”

“Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.”

“If necessity is the mother of invention, why does so much unnecessary stuff get invented?”

“We never really grow up.   We just learn how to act in public.”

From Don’s 2010 Mailings:

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

“It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge”

“Bad decisions make good stories.”

“Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.”

“Never deal with a person who thinks everyone else is a crook.”

“An old timer is a man who’s had a lot of interesting experiences – some of                                them true.”

From Don’s 2009 Mailings:

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”

“Only a few will learn from other people’s mistakes; most of us have to be the other people.”

“I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.”

You May be a Western Kansas Farmer if:

  • You sometimes rinse off in the backyard with a garden hose before your wife lets you in the house.
  • You remember the fertilizer rate, seed population, and yields for 10 years back, but not your kid’s birthdays.
  • You have used a tractor front-end loader as scaffolding for roof repairs.

You May be a Western Kansas Farmer if:

  • An overnight, out-of-state trip for equipment parts is a vacation.
  • You wear specific hats to farm sales, livestock auctions, customer appreciation suppers, and vacations.
  • You drive off the road while examining your neighbor’s crops.
  • You have buried a dog and cried like a baby.

“A wise man does not test the depth of a river with both feet.”

“When you drive through a gate, if you have plenty of time you can leave it down. If you’re in a hurry, take the time to shut it.”

“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”

“Sometimes silence is the best answer.”

“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.”