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

The sales tax is the best and most equitable tax. The gasoline tax, which is nothing but a sales tax, has proven painless, productive and punitive. Everything we buy should have its equal proportion of tax, outside of cheap food and cheap clothes.

The world is full of men who do big things, but when you meet ’em they are not outstanding personalities. Pretty near everybody is almost alike.

There is good news from Washington today. Congress is deadlocked and can't act.

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.

There should be a tax on every man that wanted to get a government appointment or be elected to office. In two years that tax alone would pay our national debt.

They have passed the big inheritance tax, and that gets you when you are gone. You used to could die and be able to beat taxes, but not now. The undertaker don't go over your body as carefully as the assessor does your accumilated assets, and he gets his before the undertaker. They have it on these big fortunes now where they pay as high as 60 to 70 percent of what they leave. That's mighty expensive dying when it runs into money like that, and you won't see 'em dropping off as casually as they have been.

This session of Congress is also to relieve the farmer again, relieve him of any encouragement that he might have received during the last one.

We all joke about Congress but we can't improve on them. Have you noticed that no matter who we elect, he is just as bad as the one he replaces?

We don’t know what we want, but we are ready to bite somebody to get it.

We may elevate ourselves but we should never reach so high that we would every forget those who helped us get there.

Well, they finally stopped us from sending marines to every war that we could hear of. They are having one in Afghanistan. The thing will be over before Congress can pronounce it, much less find out where it is located.

When some nation wants us to help ’em out they use the same old “gag,” that we should exert our “moral leadership” and, like a yap, believe it, when, as a matter of truth, no nation wants any other nation exerting a “moral leadership” over ’em even if they had one.

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That's one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.

The only way to solve the traffic problems of the country is to pass a law that only paid-for cars are allowed to use the highways. That would make traffic so scarce, we could use our boulevards for children's playgrounds.

The schools ain't what they used to be and never was.

The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.

There is no argument in the world carries the hatred that a religious belief one does. The more learned a man is the less consideration he has for another man’s belief.

There is one thing about Englishmen, they won't fix anything till it's just about totally ruined. You couldn't get the English to fix anything at the start. No! They like to sit and watch it grow worse. Then, when it just looks like the whole thing has gone up Salt Creek, why, the English jump in and rescue it.

There should be one day when there is open season on senators.

They may call me a rube and a hick, but I'd a lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.

This thing of being a hero, about the main thing to do is to know when to die. Prolonged life has ruined more men than it ever made.

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

We don’t seem to be able to even check crime. Why not legalize it and put a heavy tax on it. Make the tax for robbery so high that a bandit couldn’t afford to rob anyone unless he had a lot of dough. We have taxed other industries out of business, it might work here.

We never will have any prosperity that is free from speculation till we pass a law that every time a broker or person sells something, he has got to have it sitting there in a bucket, or a bag, or a jug, or a cage, or a rat trap, or something, depending on what it is he is selling. We are continually buying something that we never get from a man that never had it.

What all of us know put together don’t mean anything. Nothing don’t mean anything. We are here for a spell and pass on. Anyone who thinks that civilization has advanced is an egotist.

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First Name
Will
Last Name
Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers
Birth Date
1879
Death Date
1935
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American Cowboy, Actor, Humorist, Social Commentator and Vaudeville Performer