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Will Rogers came to Lipscomb County in 1898 and worked as a ranch hand at the Ewing Ranch.

From the Historical Marker near Higgins, Lipscomb County, Texas:

One of America's best loved humorists, whose stage act, gently mocking man's foibles, was highlighted by rope tricks learned here in his youth. Born in Oklahoma. In 1898, threatened with discipline for pranks, he left school and came to Texas. He became a cowboy on the Little Robe Ranch near Higgins and made a lifelong friend of young Frank Ewing, son of his employer. In 1902 he joined a wild west show; was famous by 1918. Rogers died in a crash during a globe-circling pioneer flight with aviator Wiley Post, 1935.

Famous Quotes from Will Rogers

"All I know is what I read in the papers."

"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."

"Everybody is ignorant. Only on different subjects."

"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."

"My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat."

"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 got to know."

"No man is great if he thinks he is."

"It's great to be great, but its greater to be human."

"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."

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


This page was last updated August 29, 2003.