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Will Rogers

Data di nascita: 4. Novembre 1879
Data di morte: 15. Agosto 1935

Will Rogers, nato William Penn Adair Rogers , è stato un attore, comico e giornalista statunitense di origini cherokee.

„Alla gente le chiacchiere non piacciono soltanto quando si parla di loro.“

—  Will Rogers

citato in Herbert Victor Prochnow, The New Speaker's Treasury of Wit and Wisdom (1958), p. 190

„Non è difficile essere umorista quando tutto il governo lavora per voi.“

—  Will Rogers

citato in Laurence J. Peter, Peter's Quotations : Ideas for Our Time, 1979, p. 524

„L'America non ha mai perso una guerra e non ha mai vinto una conferenza.“

—  Will Rogers

citato in Henry Kissinger, Questi anni alla Casa Bianca, Bergamo, Edizioni Euroclub, 1980, pp. 59-60

„Tutti sono ignoranti, solo su argomenti diversi.“

—  Will Rogers

citato in From Soup to Nuts The New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50A12F83D551B7A93C3AA1783D85F408285F9, 31 agosto 1924

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„Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.“

—  Will Rogers

Variante: Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

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

—  Will Rogers

"The World Tomorrow" After the Manner of Great Journalists
The Illiterate Digest (1924)

„When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do — well, that’s Memoirs.“

—  Will Rogers

Contesto: When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do — well, that’s Memoirs. <!-- Ch. 16

„So when all the yielding and objections is over, the other Senator said, "I object to the remarks of a professional joker being put into the Congressional Record." Taking a dig at me, see? They didn't want any outside fellow contributing.“

—  Will Rogers

Ch. 9<!-- chapter 9, pp. 156–57-->
Contesto: So when all the yielding and objections is over, the other Senator said, "I object to the remarks of a professional joker being put into the Congressional Record." Taking a dig at me, see? They didn't want any outside fellow contributing. Well, he had me wrong. Compared to them I'm an amateur, and the thing about my jokes is that they don't hurt anybody. You can say they're not funny or they're terrible or they're good or whatever it is, but they don't do no harm. But with Congress — every time they make a joke it's a law. And every time they make a law it's a joke.

„I tell you Folks, all Politics is Apple Sauce.“

—  Will Rogers

The Illiterate Digest (1924)
Contesto: I tell you Folks, all Politics is Apple Sauce. <!-- p. 30

„Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony.“

—  Will Rogers

Nationally syndicated column number 31, A Few Shots of Scopolamin (15 July 1923), after meeting Robert E. House, who had proposed the use of scopolamine as a truth serum, in The Use of Scopolamine in Criminology (1922).
Weekly columns
Contesto: See they conducted experiments on convicts... I don't know on what grounds they reason a man in jail is a bigger liar than one out of jail... The chances are telling the truth is what got him there... It would be a big aid to humanity, but it will never be, for already the politicians are up in arms against it... It would wreck the very foundation on which our political government is run... If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics … Even the ministers are denouncing it now … Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony.

„Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it.“

—  Will Rogers

Daily Telegram #1019, Thoughts Of Will Rogers On The Late Slumps In Stocks (31 October 1929)
Daily telegrams
Contesto: Sure must be a great consolation to the poor people who lost their stock in the late crash to know that it has fallen in the hands of Mr. Rockefeller, who will take care of it and see it has a good home and never be allowed to wander around unprotected again. There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it.

„Every Gag I tell must be based on truth.“

—  Will Rogers

"Politics Getting Ready to Jell" <!-- p. 265 -->
The Illiterate Digest (1924)
Contesto: Every Gag I tell must be based on truth. No matter how much I may exaggerate it, it must have a certain amount of Truth.... Now Rumor travels Faster, but it don't stay put as long as Truth.

„The chances are telling the truth is what got him there“

—  Will Rogers

Nationally syndicated column number 31, A Few Shots of Scopolamin (15 July 1923), after meeting Robert E. House, who had proposed the use of scopolamine as a truth serum, in The Use of Scopolamine in Criminology (1922).
Weekly columns
Contesto: See they conducted experiments on convicts... I don't know on what grounds they reason a man in jail is a bigger liar than one out of jail... The chances are telling the truth is what got him there... It would be a big aid to humanity, but it will never be, for already the politicians are up in arms against it... It would wreck the very foundation on which our political government is run... If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics … Even the ministers are denouncing it now … Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony.

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