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People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.
Will Rogers
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Will Rogers (New York Times, 1924)
Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth.
Will Rogers (The Illiterate Digest, 1924)
Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it.
Will Rogers (Quoted in Will Roger's Daily Telegrams: The Hoover Years, 1978)
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers
The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it.
Will Rogers (The Autobiography of Will Rogers, 1948)
His heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.
Will Rogers
The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The New Speaker's Treasury of Wit and Wisdom, 1958)
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers (New York Times, 1929)
When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Will Rogers Book, 1972)
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody Else.
Will Rogers (The Illiterate Digest, 1924)
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
Will Rogers (New York Times, 1924)
We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Will Rogers
You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.
Will Rogers
When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do - well, that’s Memoirs.
Will Rogers (The Autobiography of Will Rogers, 1948)
The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.
Will Rogers (Quoted in Sanity is Where You Find It, 1955)
It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
Will Rogers (Quoted in Sanity is Where You Find It, 1955)
If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Manly Wisdom of Will Rogers, 2001)
It would wreck the very foundation on which our political government is run ... If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics … Even the ministers are denouncing it now … Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony.
Will Rogers (Weekly Article, 1923)
If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?
Will Rogers
Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
Will Rogers
Letting the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Manly Wisdom of Will Rogers, 2001)
We are here just for a spell and then pass on. So get a few laughs and do the best you can. Live your life so that whenever you lose it, you are ahead.
Variant: We are all here for a spell. Get all the good laughs you can.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Best of Will Rogers, 1990)
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Will Rogers
Heroing is one of the shortest-lived professions there is.
Will Rogers (New York Times, 1925)
The whole thing is a racket, so get a few laughs, do the best you can, take nothing for serious. Believe in something for another world, but don't be too set on what it is, and then you won't start out that life with a disappointment.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Best of Will Rogers, 1990)
Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.
Will Rogers
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Manly Wisdom of Will Rogers, 2001)
We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers (The Illiterate Digest, 1924)
A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Best of Will Rogers, 1990)
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers
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.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Manly Wisdom of Will Rogers, 2001)
Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious.
Variant: Do the best you can, take nothing for serious.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Best of Will Rogers, 1990)
I never met a man that I didn't like.
Will Rogers (Saturday Evening Post, 1926)
We don't know what we want, but we are ready to bite somebody to get it.
Will Rogers (Quoted in The Will Rogers Scrapbook, 1988)
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers (Will Rogers, Ambassador of Good Will, Prince of Wit and Wisdom, 1935)
An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out.
Will Rogers
Will Rogers Biography

Born: November 4, 1879
Died: August 15, 1935

Will Rogers was an American humorist, showman and actor. He was one of he best known celebrities during his time. He acted in more than 70 films and was an avid writer.

Notable Works
The Illiterate Digest (1924)
The Autobiography of Will Rogers (1948)
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