Life, According to Will Rogers

will_rogers_1922Will Rogers was an American cowboy, actor, comedian, columnist and social commentator. In the 1930’s, he had a dedicated following and was known as a leading political wit and was, for a time, the highest paid Hollywood movie star.

Rogers was passionate about aviation, and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels, although sadly he died in a plane crash in 1935.

His commentary style saw him to poke fun at gangsters, prohibition, politicians, the government and other controversial topics without offending anyone. One if his most famous quotes was, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

Some of his other classics include:


  • There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  • The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
  • There are three kinds of men: the ones that learn by reading, the few who learn by observation and the rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  • If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.
  • 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.