The Quotable Nerdy Chick: Annie Oakley

Back when I was in middle school I found a book on my Grandmom’s bookshelf called Annie Oakley and the Wild Wild West, which I read from cover to cover. I loved the idea that a girl like Annie (1860 – 1926) could do something so remarkable that she stood out from everyone else. Annie was, in fact, the first female in America to achieve wide-spread fame.

So, can a sharp shooter who was most famous for touring with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show really be a nerdy chick? Well, she definitely flouted social norms! (See first quote below.) And she worked very hard at her skill, first as a young girl to kill game to support her family, and later to win shooting competitions.  She continued to win competitions into her sixties. She also championed women’s rights.

To find out more about Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Moses), click HERE.

Annie Oakley Quotes:

  • My mother…was perfectly horrified when I began shooting and tried to keep me in school, but I would run away and go quail shooting in the woods or trim my dresses with wreaths of wildflowers.
  • For me, sitting still is harder than any kind of work.
  • Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the bull’s eye of success.
  • After traveling through fourteen foreign countries and appearing before all the royalty and nobility I have only one wish today. That is that when my eyes are closed in death that they will bury me back in that quiet little farm land where I was born.
  • 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.

My personal favorite is the one about sitting still. I can only sit if I am actively doing something.

The photo of Annie Oakley above is in the public domain because its copyright expired.

7 comments on “The Quotable Nerdy Chick: Annie Oakley

  1. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    I had a few dolls when I was a child, but my very favorite was an Annie Oakley doll that was already well on her way to being an antique when I got her. She came with two silver pistols (I lost one), a holster, cowboy boots, and a fringed vest and skirt. Annie is still with me, and once in a while if my daughter is very, very good, she gets to play with her. Hurray for Annie!

    • kamikinard says:

      I looked for that book so I could post a picture but couldn’t find it. I remember she had blonde hair on the cover… unlike the real Annie! Cool that you still have your doll!

  2. WritingNerdy says:

    I found Annie Oakley fascinating when I was younger. I remember donning a cowboy hat and boots during the speech I gave on her in 4th grade! Wow… memories…

    • kamikinard says:

      I don’t think Annie Oakley has been part of my daughter’s childhood though… time to fix that! Thanks for commenting!

      • WritingNerdy says:

        I’m not sure why I remember 4th grade history so vividly, but I know Annie Oakley was a part of it. I thought she was so cool! I still do! 😀

  3. Kimberly says:

    Hi! I was looking up quote by Annie Oakley and found your page. I noticed a type-o. “(1860 – 1826)” I believe it should be, 1860 – 1926.

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