Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

Will
Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers
1879
1935

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

Author Quotes

You've got to be optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one.

Why don't somebody print the truth about our present economic situation? We spent six years of wild buying on credit -- everything under the sun, whether we needed it or not -- and now we are having to pay for 'em, and we are howling like a pet coon.

You can’t have a picnic unless the party carrying the basket comes.

You know the more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best. My only solution would be to keep em both out one term and hire my good friend Henry Ford to run the whole thing, and give him a commission on what he saves us.

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.

Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.

You can’t legislate intelligence and common sense into people. You can’t broaden a man’s vision if he wasn’t born with one.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Why don't they use a sales tax? That is the only fair and just tax. Have no tax on necessary foods, and moderate priced necessary clothes, but put a tax on every other thing you buy or use. Then the rich fellow who buys more and uses more certainly has no way of getting out of paying his share. Collect it at the source, that is at the manufacturer's. Don't depend on the retailer. Put big taxes on everything of a luxury nature. You do that, and let the working man know the rich have paid before they got it and you will do more than any one thing to settle some of the unrest and dissatisfaction that you hear every day. No slick lawyer or income tax expert can get you out of a sales tax.

The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.

The person with the best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, How is the president?

The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.

Theories are great, they sound great, but the minute you are asked to prove one in actual life, why the thing blows up.

There is no income tax in Russia. But there’s no income.

There is only one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over at sundown, and let everybody pray that it's not a tie, for we couldn't go through with this thing again.

There wasn't any Republicans in Washington's day. No Republicans, no Boll Weevil, no income tax, no cover charge, no disarmament conference, no luncheon clubs, no stop lights, no static, no head winds. My Lord, living in those days, who wouldn't be great?

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

This would be a great time in the world for some man to come along that knew something.

We are all ignorant. We are just ignorant about different things.

We don't seem to be able to (stop) crime, so why not legalize it and put a heavy tax on it. We have taxed other industries out of business; it might work here.

We owe more money than any Nation in the World, and we are LOWERING TAXES. When is the time to pay off a debt if it is not when you are doing well? You let a Politician return home from Washington and announce, 'Boys we lowered your taxes. We had to borrow the money to do it, but we did it.' Say, they would elect him for life.

What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.

When the Okies left Oklahoma and moved to California, they raised the average intelligence levels in both states.

The more you read and observe about this politics thing, the more you've got to admit that each party's worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.

The platform will always be the same, promise everything, deliver nothing.

Author Picture
First Name
Will
Last Name
Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers
Birth Date
1879
Death Date
1935
Bio

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