114+ Authentic Will Rogers Quotes: Exclusive Selection

William Penn Adair Rogers was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.

His folksy wit and common sense attitude made him one of the most famous actors and authors in the world in the 1920s and ’30s. Wise and timeless Will Rogers quotes will make you to see world differently, inspire growth in life and make you rethink everything.

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Famous Will Rogers Quotes

Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years we will have the smartest people on earth. – Will Rogers

It’s not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts. – Will Rogers

Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else. – Will Rogers

Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due. – Will Rogers

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went. – Will Rogers

Never miss a good chance to shut up. – Will Rogers

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches. – Will Rogers

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him… The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut. – Will Rogers

There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches. – Will Rogers

When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car. – Will Rogers

The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win. – 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

Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans – Will Rogers

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

I would love to see Mr. (Henry) Ford in there, really. I don’t know who started the idea that a President must be a Politician instead of a Businessman. A Politician can’t run any other kind of business. So, there is no reason why he can run the U.S. That’s the biggest single business in the World. – Will Rogers

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected. – Will Rogers

Ignorance lies not in the things you don’t know, but in the things, you know that ain’t so. – Will Rogers

I know worrying works, because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened. – Will Rogers

We have plenty of Confidence in this country, but we are a little short of good men to place our Confidence in. – Will Rogers

A vision, without a plan, is just a hallucination. – Will Rogers

If America ever passes out as a great nation, we ought to put on our tombstone: America died from a delusion she had Moral Leadership. – Will Rogers

The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back – Will Rogers

The man who never makes a mistake must get tired of doing nothing. – Will Rogers

I remember when being liberal meant being generous with your own money. – Will Rogers

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rogers

The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other. – Will Rogers

You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is. – Will Rogers

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true. – Will Rogers

Don’t squat with your spurs on. – Will Rogers

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. – Will Rogers

Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it. – Will Rogers

Motivational Will Rogers Quotes

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket. – Will Rogers

Every day you meet a delegation going to some convention to try and change the way of somebody else’s life. – Will Rogers

Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff. – 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

People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing. – Will Rogers

The best way out of a difficulty is through it. – Will Rogers

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock. – Will Rogers

When everybody has got money they cut taxes, and when they’re broke they raise ’em. That’s statesmanship of the highest order. – Will Rogers

Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea, but it won’t work. – Will Rogers

Popularity is the easiest thing in the world to gain and it is the hardest thing to hold. – Will Rogers

Prohibition is better than no liquor at all. – Will Rogers

The best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. They can’t ask their patients what is the matter – they’ve got to just know. – Will Rogers

I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat. – Will Rogers

The budget is a mythical bean bag. Congress votes mythical beans into it, and then tries to reach in and pull real beans out. – Will Rogers

One way to solve the traffic problem is to keep all the cars that are not paid for off the streets. – Will Rogers

There’s a simple solution to our traffic problems. We’ll have business build the roads, and government build the cars. – Will Rogers

Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees. – Will Rogers

Deep Will Rogers Quotes On Education, Friendship and Success

In time of crisis people want to know that you care, more than they care what you know. – Will Rogers

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

A debt is just as hard for a Government to pay as it is for an individual. No debt ever comes due at a good time. Borrowing is the only thing that seems handy all the time. – Will Rogers

Polo, racing and horse shows all are doing great work to help the farmer and rancher to raise better horses. – Will Rogers

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries. – Will Rogers

When you are satisfied, you are successful. For that’s all there is to success is satisfaction. – Will Rogers

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. – Will Rogers

Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans. – Will Rogers

A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth. – Will Rogers

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing. – Will Rogers

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

In a real estate man’s eye, the most expensive part of the city is where he has a house to sell. – Will Rogers

Never let yesterday use up too much of today. – Will Rogers

America is a great country, but you can’t live in it for nothing. – Will Rogers

Lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. – Will Rogers

An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh. – Will Rogers

I am just an old country boy in a big town trying to get along. I have been eating pretty regular and the reason I have been is because I have stayed an old country boy. – Will Rogers

Man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. – Will Rogers

Something that seems funny when it happens to someone else, may not seem so funny when it happens to us. – Will Rogers

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. – Will Rogers

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain’t a thing. – Will Rogers

Make crime pay. Become a lawyer. – Will Rogers

The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer. – Will Rogers

Our country has plenty of five-cent cigars, but the trouble is they charge fifteen cents for them. – Will Rogers

The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don’t know when it’s through if you are a crook or a martyr. – Will Rogers

It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for. – Will Rogers

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don’t get wet you can keep. – Will Rogers

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

Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb. – Will Rogers

Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment. – Will Rogers

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. – Will Rogers

We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. – Will Rogers

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. – Will Rogers

Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement. – Will Rogers

Golf is good for the soul. You get so mad at yourself you forget to hate your enemies. – Will Rogers

Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth. – Will Rogers

The main thing about being a hero is to know when to die. – Will Rogers

People that pay for things never complain. It’s the guy you give something to that you can’t please. – Will Rogers

The theater is a great equalizer: it is the only place where the poor can look down on the rich. – Will Rogers

Rumor travels faster, but it doesn’t stay put as long as truth. – Will Rogers

The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office. – Will Rogers

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

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in. – Will Rogers

One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next. – Will Rogers

One ad is worth more to a paper than forty editorials. – Will Rogers

The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself. – Will Rogers

I was born on November 4, which is election day … my birthday has made more men and sent more back to honest work than any other days in the year. – Will Rogers

There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works. – Will Rogers

When I first started out to write and misspelled a few words, people said I was plain ignorant. But when I got all the words wrong, they declared I was a humorist. – Will Rogers

Live in such a way that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. – Will Rogers

Best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what’s the matter. He’s just got to know. – Will Rogers

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. – Will Rogers

It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human. – Will Rogers

This Einstein has proven a great comfort to us that always knew we didn’t know much. He has shown us that the fellows that we thought was smart is just as dumb as we are. – Will Rogers

There is nothing as easy as denouncing … It don’t take much to see that something is wrong but it does take some eyesight to see what will put it right again. – Will Rogers

A fanatic is always the fellow that is on the opposite side. – Will Rogers

All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance. – Will Rogers

Eventually you reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. – Will Rogers

Everything is changing in America. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. – Will Rogers

This would be a great world to dance in if we didn’t have to pay the fiddler. – Will Rogers

Get a few laughs and do the best you can… Live your life so that whenever you lose, you’re ahead. – Will Rogers

Finding things to tax is becoming quite a problem. You see when taxes first started (who started ’em anyhow?), Noah must have taken into the ark two taxes, one male and one female, and did they multiply bountifully! Next to guinea pigs, taxes must have been the most prolific of animals. – Will Rogers

We don’t know what we want, but we’re ready to bite somebody to get it. – Will Rogers

I never met a man I didn’t like. – Will Rogers