Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Great Will Rogers

Will Rogers was a great early 20th century humorist, cowboy, social commentator, vaudeville performer, and actor. He died in a 1935 place crash with his best friend, famed aviator, Wylie Post. He was called the leading political wit of the Progressive Era. My parents referenced Rogers often.

Some of his simple wisdom:

- Never slap a man who is chewing tobacco.
- There are two theories on arguing with a women....neither of them work.
- There are three kinds of men: the ones who learn by reading, the few who learn by observation, and the one's who have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

Some of his observations about aging:

- The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
- When you are dissatisfied and want to go back to your youth, think algebra.
- One must wait until evening, to see how splendid the day has been.
- I want people to know 'why' I look the way I do. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.

Will was an important early 20th century character.

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