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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The only thing that can stop hair from falling ... is the floor.

The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the President has to tell 'em.

The whole financial structure of Wall Street seems to rise or fall on the mere fact that the Federal Reserve Bank raises or lowers the amount of interest. Any business that can't survive a one percent change must be skating on thin ice.

There is a tremendous movement on to get lower taxes on earned incomes. Then will come the real problem, 'Who among us on salary are earning our income?'

There is nothing that keeps poor people poor as much as paying doctor bills.

There ought to be a law against anybody going to Europe until they had seen the things we have in this country.

They are having quite an argument over (Treasury Secretary) Mellon's Tax Bill. Mr. Mellon wants to cut the surtax on the rich, and leave it as is on the poor, as there is more poor than rich. I suppose the majority will win.

This depression was deep, and you don't climb out of anything as quick as you fall in.

Wars will never be a success until you have a referee and until they announce before they start just what it’s for.

We do more talking progress than we do progressing.

We know that everybody should 'share the wealth.' Now, Huey's [Sen. Huey Long] plan to share the wealth, it's a marvelous idea. Huey's a smart guy, don't overlook that. And our own downright conscience tells us that there's no reason why anybody should have more than you. There ain't nothing wrong with the plan, only this one little defect: Nobody ain't going to share it with you, that's all. I know a lot of tremendously rich people that should share their wealth with me, but they just don't see it that way. And I know folks that ain't got as much as I have that think I ought to share it with them. Well, I just can't hardly see it their way either. That is, even if I can see it that way, I'm not doing it.

Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.

When newspapers knock a man a lot, there is sure to be a lot of good in him.

The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.

The whole trouble with the Republicans is their fear of an increase in income tax, especially on higher incomes. They speak of it almost like a national calamity. I really believe if it come to a vote whether to go to war with England, France and Germany combined, or raise the rate on incomes of over $100,000, they would vote war.

There is an awful lot of difference between reading something and actually seeing it, for you can never tell, till you see it, just how big a liar History is.

There is nothing that makes a nation or an individual as mad as to have somebody say, “now this is really none of my business but I am just advising you.” If I sleep with a gun under my pillow, I don’t want somebody from across the street to “advise” me that I don’t need it.

There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators.

They got such a high inheritance tax on ’em that you won’t catch these old rich boys dying promiscuously like they did. This bill makes patriots out of everybody. You sure do die for your country if you die from now on.

This open-door stuff is a lot of hooey. Any door is only open to those that have the best product at the cheapest money.

We all can't be heroes, for someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

We don’t have to worry about anything. No nation in the history of the world was ever sitting as pretty. If we want anything, all we have to do is go and buy it on credit.

We live in an age of 'urge'. We do nothing till somebody shoves us.

Well, the Xmas spirit is over now. Everybody can get back to their natural dispositions. If there had been as many good wishes in the heart as there was on paper the devil would have to dig up some new clients.

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