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9 Wise Quotes From Will Rogers That Are Absolutely Worth Memorizing

On August 15, 1935, the great humorist and truth sayer Will Rogers died in an airplane crash at the age of 55. Many of the things he poked fun at back then are still mockable 80 years later. Enjoy and repeat the best quotes of Will Rogers.

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“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”

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“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”

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“Things ain’t what they used to be and never were.”

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“The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.”

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“There’s only one thing that can kill the movies, and that’s education.”

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“The man with the best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to go is get up every morning and say, ‘How is the president?'”

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“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

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“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”

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“Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on Earth.”

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Andy Simmons
Andy is a longtime editor at Reader’s Digest, where he’s edited and reported on national interest, dramas and humor. He is the author of Now That’s Funny! featuring his most popular, funniest writings on all things America, some exclusive and all-new, some taken from the award-winning pages of Reader’s Digest. He also wrote, That Reminds Me of a Joke ..., a collection of gags and hilarious true stories taken from the news. In a past life, Andy graduated from Kenyon College and was an editor at National Lampoon Magazine.