Will Rogers

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William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world's best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.

Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son," Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of ... more »

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  • ''I don't know jokes; I just watch the government and report the facts.''
    Will Rogers (1879-1935), U.S. humorist. "A Rogers Thesaurus," Saturday Review (Aug. 25, 1962).
  • ''The difference between a Republican and a Democrat is the Democrat is a cannibal—they have to live off each other—while the Republicans, why, they live off the Democrats.''
    Will Rogers (1879-1935), U.S. humorist. Best of Will Rogers, ch. 4, ed. Bryan Sterling (1979).
  • ''Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.''
    Will Rogers (1879-1935), U.S. humorist. "Defending My Soup Plate Position," The Illiterate Digest (1924).
  • ''People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.''
    Will Rogers (1879-1935), U.S. humorist. "Helping the Girls with Their Income Taxes," The Illiterate Digest (1924).
  • ''The United States never lost a war or won a conference.''
    Will Rogers (1879-1935), U.S. humorist. Quoted in Wit and Wisdom, p. 18, ed. Jack Lait (1936). Remark following the Versailles Peace Conference, i...
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