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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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.

There are men running governments who shouldn't be allowed to play with matches.

There is not a better day in the world to be spent than with a lot of wise old cowmen around barbecued beef, black coffee and good free holy beans.

There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him just so long; and on the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can't stand him quite that long.

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you.

Things will get better-despite our efforts to improve them.

Trouble with American transportation is that you can get somewhere quicker than you can think of a reason for going there. What we need now is a new excuse to go somewhere.

We are the first nation to starve to death in a storehouse that's overfilled with everything we want.

We have been just going like a house afire, and we couldn’t see any reason why we shouldn’t keep right on burning. Our tastes were acquired on credit, and we wanted to keep on enjoying 'em on credit.

We’ll hold the distinction of being the only Nation in the history of the world that ever went to the poor house in an automobile.

When a party can't think of anything else they always fall back on Lower Taxes. It has a magic sound to a voter, just like Fairyland is spoken of and dreamed of by all children. But no child has ever seen it; neither has any voter ever lived to see the day when his taxes were lowered. Presidents have been promising lower taxes since Washington crossed the Delaware by hand in a row boat. But our taxes have gotten bigger and their boats have gotten larger until now the President crosses the Delaware in his private yacht.

The old horse is coming back in a high lope. Thousands of people are riding a horse today that five years ago couldn't sit in a Ford with all the doors locked.

The reason political party platforms are so long is that when you straddle anything it takes a long time to explain it.

The truth can hurt you worse in an election than about anything that could happen to you.

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

There is not a man in the country that can’t make a living for himself and family. But he can’t make a living for them and his government, too, the way his government is living. What the government has got to do is live as cheap as the people.

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