Quotations ….by Will Rogers

William Penn Adair Rogers was born in 1879 on a ranch located in what is now Oklahoma. Will worked with cattle and learned to ride and lasso from a young age. He grew so talented with a rope that he was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at once. During his years on the vaudeville circuits, Rogers’ act evolved from the exhibition of his lasso skills to one of amusing people with simple observations about people, life, the country and the government. His country roots appealed to audiences, who saw him as one of their own. Throughout his career, Will starred in 71 films and several Broadway productions. In 1935 his life was cut short by an airplane crash. He was 55, but his memory lives on by repeating his quotations.

"We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can."

"I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

"The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has."

"An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out." "Everyone is ignorant, only in different subjects."

"People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide."

Never miss a good chance to shut up." "Always drink upstream from the herd." "Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in." "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of experience comes from bad judgment." "There's two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works."

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." "My ancestors didn't come over in the Mayflower-they met the boat."

"My father was one eighth Cherokee and my mother one fourth Cherokee, which I figure makes me about an eighth cigar-store Injun."

"The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer."

"Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke."

"Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth."

(Perhaps, Will Rogers will be best remembered by the quotation he made in 1930.)

I never met a man I didn’t like.”