Wednesday, January 11, 2006

From an old friend...

"Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do."

"About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation."

"Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even."

"Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?"

"Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."

"On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does."

"Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke."

"I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him "father."

"Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators."

"Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it."

"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer."

"Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth."

This last one I have to paraphrase, but the same gentleman once asked:

"If the opposite of pro is con, then the opposite of progress is...?"

All quotes from Will Rogers, Nov. 4, 1879 - Aug. 15, 1935

10 comments: said...

Wow! Those are some amazing quotes!

TDharma said...

Will Rogers and Mark Twain sure left us some doosey quotes, for sure! I'm amazed that this collection of local, state and federal governments function at all!

Nancy said...

Will Rogers was very estute and one of a kind! Thanks for sharing these still timely quotes.

sttropezbutler said...

Love 'em!


Rexroth's Daughter said...

Those are great quotes. Thank you for posting them. It does make me wonder if things are just always bad, since Will Rogers was saying these things over 70 years ago?

sjobs said...

Love the quotes...... They seem so fitting...

alan said...

I don't know whether to be hopeful because so many things still apply, or be depressed!

There was one more I just couldn't bring myself to put up during the Alito hearings:

"I'm not a member of any organized party, I'm a Democrat!"

I believe that was during the 1928 elections...


Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Yup, gold ol' Will

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