Will Rogers was Cherokee, born in
"My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower,
Don't squat with your spurs on.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.
If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
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.
Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
There's two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
Never slap a man who's chewin' tobacco.
It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.
When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
I never met a man I didn't like.
All I know is what I read in the papers.
Everybody is ignorant. Only on different subjects.
It's great to be great, but its greater to be human.
My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat.
We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
They may call me a rube and a hick, but I'd a lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.
This country is not where it is today on account of any one man. It is here on account of the real common sense of the Big Normal Majority.
I don't care how little your country is, you got a right to run it like you want to. When the big nations quit meddling then the world will have peace.
People talk peace. But men give their life's work to war. It won't stop 'til there is as much brains and scientific study put to aid peace as there is to promote war.
Take diplomacy out of a war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
You can be killed just as dead in an unjustified war as you can in one protecting your own home.
People don't change under governments. Governments change. People remain the same.
As bad as we sometimes think our government is run, it is the best run I ever saw.
Nowadays it is about as big a crime to be dumb as it is to be dishonest.
There is no income tax in Russia. But there's no income.
We elect our Presidents, be they Republican or Democrat, then start daring 'em to make good.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead.
Comedians haven't improved. Nothing has improved but taxes.
Personally, I have always felt the best doctor in the world is the Veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what's the matter. He's just go to know.
No man is great if he thinks he is.
America is a land of opportunity and don't ever forget it.
People are marvelous in their generosity if they just know the cause is there.
No nation ever had two better friends that we have. You know who they are? The Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
I am just an old country boy in a big town trying to get along. I have been eating pretty regular and the reason I have been is because I have stayed an old country boy.
Don't gamble. Take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it til it goes up then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it.
Whoever wrote the Ten Commandments made 'em short. They may not always be kept but they can be understood.
Statistics have proven there are twenty five bath tubs sold to every Bible.
We'll hold the distinction of being the only Nation in the history of the world that ever went to the poor house in an automobile.