The humorist Will Rogers was remembered today on The Writer’s Almanac, referred to as “the original king of all media.” Here are some of his quotes worth remembering:
So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.
There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
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.
Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.
All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.
I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
A fool and his money are soon elected.
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best.
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Common sense ain’t common.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
When you’re through learning, you’re through.