Quotes by Will Rogers


We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
– Will Rogers

Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like.
– Will Rogers

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
– Will Rogers
A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
– Will Rogers
A fool and his money are soon elected.
– Will Rogers
A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you.
– Will Rogers
About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.
– Will Rogers
Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need.
– Will Rogers
Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.
– Will Rogers
All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.
– Will Rogers
America is a nation that conceives many odd inventions for getting somewhere but it can think of nothing to do once it gets there.
– Will Rogers
America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty. I will belong to the select few.
– Will Rogers
An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
– Will Rogers
And the thing about my jokes is, they don't hurt anybody. You can take 'em or leave 'em - you can say they're funny or they're terrible or they're good, or whatever, but you can just pass 'em by. But with Congress, every time they make a joke, it's a law! And every time they make a law, it's a joke!
– Will Rogers
Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.
– Will Rogers
Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.
– Will Rogers
Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
– Will Rogers
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
– Will Rogers
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
– Will Rogers
Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
– Will Rogers