Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

American Cowboy, Actor, Humorist, Social Commentator and Vaudeville Performer

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

You can't break a man that don't borrow; he may not have anything, but Boy! he can look the World in the face and say, I don't owe you Birds a nickel. You will say, (if everyone stops borrowing) what will all the Bankers do? I don't care what they do. Let 'em go to work, if there is any job any of them could earn a living at. Banking and After-Dinner Speaking are two of the most Non-essential industries we have in this country. I am ready to reform if they are.

You know, we're always talking about pioneers and what great folks the old pioneers were. Well, I think if we just stopped and looked at history in the face, the pioneer wasn't a thing in the world but a guy that wanted something for nothing. He was a guy that wanted to live off of everything that nature had done. He wanted to cut a tree down that didn't cost him anything, but he never did plant one. He wanted to plow up the land that should have been left to grass. We're just now learning that we can rob from nature the same way as we can rob from an individual. All he had was an ax, and a plow, and a gun, and he just went out and lived off nature. But really, he thought it was nature he was living off of, but it was really future generations that he was living off of.

Why sleep at home when you can sleep in Congress?

You can't legitimately kick on income tax, for it's on what you have made. You have already made it. But, look at land, farms, homes, stores, vacant lots. You pay year after year on them whether you make it or not.

You must judge a man’s greatness by how much he will be missed.

Why, every lot out here has its own agent. Agents get rich out here just off the various commissions on one lot. If an agent handles two lots he opens up a branch office and has an assistant.

You can't say civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.

You never know how much a man can't remember until he is called as a witness.

The movies cleaned up and they didn’t write editorials against the lawyers for saying they should. If all lawyers are not honest how are clients to tell when they might go to a bad one any more than a movie fan might go to a bad movie? There is no reason of knowing till you go and see. Lawyers is everybody's business the same as the movies are.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

The town with the cheapest land and most concrete can have the largest stadium.

There ain't nothing that breaks up homes, country, and nations like somebody publishing their memoirs.

There is no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

There is some talk of lowering (the income tax), and they will have to. People are not making enough to pay it.

There’s the one thing no nation can ever accuse us of and that is secret diplomacy. Our foreign dealings are an open book. Generally a check book.

Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.

We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poor house in an automobile.

We had a great lunch. (Senator) Capper paid for it. The Republican pays, as usual. And everything that the Democrats are doin' now, the Republicans pay for it. Everybody asks me, Will, how long is this going to go on, spending all this money and everything going like this? I says, Well, it will go on just as long as the Republicans has got any money. That's all I know about it.

We would never understand why Mexico wasn’t crazy about us. We have always had their goodwill, oil, coffee and minerals at heart.

When a doctor has pulled you through why you always got a warm place in your heart for him.

The nation is prosperous on the whole, but how much prosperity is there in a hole?

The real energy and minds of the Normal Majority will step in and handle it and fight it through to a successful conclusion.

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.

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American Cowboy, Actor, Humorist, Social Commentator and Vaudeville Performer