Quotes by Will Rogers

Will Rogers on Inspirational Topics

Will Rogers life lessons and inspiring thoughts (plus a couple just for the fun of it)

“Live your life so that whenever you lose it, you’re ahead.”

“No man is great if he thinks he is. It’s great to be great, but its greater to be human.”

“America is a land of opportunity and don’t ever forget it.”

“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”

“We live in an age of ‘urge’. We do nothing till somebody shoves us.”

“What’s the matter with the world? Why, there ain’t nothing but one word wrong with everyone of us, and that’s selfishness.”

“Don’t invite me if you don’t want me.” (to help in time of need)  on a news reel, no date

“Live your life in such a way that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”   [How’s that for an inspirational message?]

“Every man gets an opportunity once in a lifetime.” DT #2077, March 31, 1933

“(A successful outcome) shows what hard work, perseverance and taking advantage of your opportunities will do for you.” DT #606, July 5, 1935

“I have often said in answer to inquiries as to how I got away with kidding some of our public men, that it was because I liked all of them personally, and that if there was no malice in your heart there could be none in your “Gags,” and I have always said I never met a man I dident like.” WA #392, June 29, 1930

“I am proud of the fact there is not a human being that I have got it in for. I never met a man I dident like.” WA #524, Jan. 8, 1933

“America is a land of opportunity and don’t ever forget it.” DT # 1541, July 1, 1931

“I got no “Philosophy.” I don’t even know what the word means. The Fourth Reader, (McGuffy’s) is as far as I ever got in schools. I am not bragging on it, I am thoroughly ashamed of it for I had every opportunity. Everything I have done has been by luck, no move was premeditated. I just stumbled from one thing to another. I may be making the wrong use of any little talent (if any) that I accidentally have. I don’t know.” WA #524, Jan. 8, 1933

“George Bernard Shaw (of England) stopped over just long enough to make one speech in Bombay, India, started a war and 100 Indians killed each other.  That’s what I call good speech-making. The only enthusiasm any of our speakers can rouse is a demand to kill the speaker.” DT #2008, January 10, 1933

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