The TIMELESS WIT and WISDOM of WILL ROGERS (1879-1935)
Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with famed pilot Wiley Post, was known and loved for his Country Boy image in a world that then prized urbane sophistication and “polish.” His frank lack of gravitas, and unadorned examples of homespun wisdom prove him to have been one of the most endearing political sages in our history. His observations still seem fresh and pertinent.
1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
11. Lettin' the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back in.
12. 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 here is: When you're full of bull, it's wise to keep your mouth shut.