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Give the Gift of Will Rogers

This is a great biography by Ben Yagoda. Follow Will Rogers from obscurity, growing up in Oklahoma, to become one of the most loved and admired men in America. How could one man be gifted with so much talent and energy? Follow Will as he travels across America and the world. He worked and starred …

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Will Rogers on “Mister, Can You Spare $10 Billion?”

This country runs to the figure ten. There has been many who has had to say, “Mr., can you spare a dime?” but President Roosevelt is the first man in the history of the world who looked a nation right in the face and said, “Mister, can you spare ten billion dollars?” BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., Jan. 5, 1934

The saying: “Mister can you spare a dime?” typified the poverty and despair during the depression years. My Grandmother told me that young, out of work, men would travel from place to place looking for jobs. Many times they would come to her back door to ask for a bite to eat. Those were difficult …

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Will Rogers on Who’s in Charge?

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In 1933 the country was in crisis as the Great Depression took its toll. The elections were over and FDR was waiting to take office when Will Rogers wrote this Daily Telegram on January 19, 1933. From this Will Rogers quote, it seems that nobody was in charge, and nobody wanted to tackle the problems …

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Will Rogers says: “Nations are Like Women”

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Rogers understands nationalistic pride, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We should be proud of our country. The problem comes when such pride is bent on the destruction of other countries. Germany under Hitler would be a good example. Even today, there are problems. The leader of Iran says that Israel must be wiped off …

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Will Rogers on Holding Back Relief

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Who knows what our economic condition is these days – Depression, recession, economic malaise? Whatever it is, a committee has been formed to investigate it. I’m sure their report will tell us what we already know, and will be issued when it is politically convenient. Are you as amazed as I am that Rogers saw …

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Will Rogers on “Can we solve our own problems?”

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Rogers wrote this quote in 1933. Can you believe that the World Court debate still rages today? Some politicians and “legal scholars” believe that the U.S. should subject itself to external legal authorities. We’re trying to solve problems overseas, and making quite a mess of it. We can barely handle our own problems. There is …

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Will Rogers on the “Evils of Democracy.”

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Our form of government is truly amazing. Power peacefully changes hands as often as every four years. Votes and not machine guns determine the outcome of elections. If you don’t approve of who is in office, there’s always the next election. The image is from one of Rogers’ silent movies called Jubilo from February 1920. …

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Will Rogers on “The Mythical Bean Bag.”

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As with so many of Rogers’ quotes, nothing has changed in politics after all these years. Congress is still counting mythical beans. There is a slight problem though. Taxpayers, their children and grandchildren will have to pay for the mythical beans! I hope you have enjoyed this quote from Will Rogers and the accompanying image …

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Will Rogers on “Election Results”

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How could Will Rogers have known about the frustration of recounts back in 1932? I don’t know that he ever experienced one, but he certainly knew that the day after the election, he wanted it to be over! The image is from one of Will’s silent movies, Jubilo. He was one of the few actors …

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Will Rogers on “Weather and Millionaires”

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This Will Rogers quote was written in 1933, and it’s still true today! One big difference is that their predictions can be broadcast live over TV and the internet, so we can get the information faster. The picture is from Will Rogers’ film The Ropin’ Fool. If you look closely you can see that Will’s …

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