Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

American Cherokee Cowboy, Comedian, Social Commentator, Vaudeville Actor, Motion Picture Actor

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We elect our Presidents, be they Republican or Democrat, then start daring 'em to make good.

When I die, my epitaph or whatever you call those signs on gravestones is going to read: "I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn't like." I am so proud of that I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved. And when you come to my grave you will find me sitting there, proudly reading it.

Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.

You politicians have got to look further ahead; you always got a Putter in your hands, when you ought to have a Driver.

Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead.

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

Nothing makes a man broad-minded like adversity.

Our foreign dealings are an open book -- generally, a checkbook.

Plans get you into things but you've got to work your way out.

San Francisco? the city that never was a town.

Sure must be a great consolation to the poor people who lost their stock in the late crash to know that it has fallen in the hands of Mr. Rockefeller, who will take care of it and see it has a good home and never be allowed to wander around unprotected again. There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it.

The Democrats and Republicans are equally corrupt -- it's only in the amount where the Republicans excel.

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

The only way you can beat the lawyers is to die with nothing.

The whole thing about the women is, they lust to be misunderstood.

There is nothing as easy as denouncing... It don?t take much to see that something is wrong but it does take some eyesight to see what will put it right again.

They used to take your horse and if they were caught they got hung for it. Now if they take your car and if they are caught it's a miracle.

We always want the best man to win an election. Unfortunately, he never runs.

We have the best Congress money can buy.

When I first started out to write and misspelled a few words, people said I was plain ignorant. But when I got all the words wrong, they declared I was a humorist.

Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.

You shake a slogan at an American and it's just like showing a hungry dog a bone.

Lord, let me live until I die.

My own mother died when I was 10 years old. My folks have told me that what little humor I have comes from her. I can't remember her humor, but I can remember her love and understanding of me. Of course, the mother I know the most about is the mother of our little group. She has been for 22 years trying to raise to maturity four children, three by birth and one by marriage. While she hasn't done a good job, the poor soul has done all that mortal human could do with the material she had to work with.

Nothing makes a man or body of men as mad as the truth. If there is no truth in it they laugh it off.

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American Cherokee Cowboy, Comedian, Social Commentator, Vaudeville Actor, Motion Picture Actor