02/26/2022 Down Home Philosophy   Leave a comment

William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American vaudeville performer, actor, and humorous social commentator. He was born as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in the Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma) and was known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”. By the mid-1930s, he was hugely popular in the United States for his leading political wit and was the highest paid of Hollywood film stars. He died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.

That last paragraph is the current description of this man but barely does him justice. He and Mark Twain have always been my two favorite philosophers. I’ve read the writings of many of the ancient philosophers, but they are difficult to relate to. These two men always used wisdom delivered with biting humor to make their points and it was magical. Here is just a small sampling of his quotes which still ring true here in the twenty-first century. Enjoy . . .

  • “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.”   
  • “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.”
  • “Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.”
  • “The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.”
  • “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.”
  • “The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back.”
  • “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.”   
  • “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”
  • “Last year we said, ‘Things can’t go on like this’, and they didn’t, they got worse.”
  • “A man only learns by two things; one is reading, and the other is association with smarter people.” 
  • “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

HE NEVER MET A MAN HE DIDN’T LIKE

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