Will’s Words of Wisdom

Jim Ingebrigtsen

Jim Ingebrigtsen

Will Rogers was a man of many talents. He was the son of a Cherokee judge in Oklahoma and became one of the greatest political country/cowboy sages of all time.

Will_Rogers_1922_from Filmplay Journal_Photo by Melbourne Spurr

Here's a sample:

  1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
  2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day
  3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
  4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
  6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
  8. There are three kinds of men:  The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
  9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  10. If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
  11. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
  12. Make crime pay. Become a lawyer. 
  13. The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every year.
  14. Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.
  15. Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
  16. Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
  17. Never squat with your spurs on.
  18. A fool and his money are soon elected.
  19. You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.
  20. Lettin' the cat outta' the bag is a whole lot easier'n  puttin' it back.
  21. 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.
  22. Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. 
  23. Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need.
  24. Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
  25. A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
  26. The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.
  27. When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
  28. The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.
  29. The income tax has made liars out of more people than golf.
  30. Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.
  31. 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.

Jim was a writer-broadcaster, producer and presenter on television and radio for 40 years. He is also a host on Lifestyles 55 Digital Radio. Find Radio Redux and Mid-Century Memories it at www.whatsupwinnipeg.ca