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Will Rogers

Geburtstag: 4. November 1879
Todesdatum: 15. August 1935

William Penn Adair „Will“ Rogers war ein US-amerikanischer Komiker, Schauspieler, Autor sowie Cowboy. Von den späten 1910er-Jahren bis zu seinem Tod gehörte Rogers zu Amerikas beliebtesten und bestbezahlten Entertainern. Mit seinen Bühnen-, Radio- und Filmauftritten sowie seinen Zeitungskolumnen deckte er ein breites künstlerisches Feld ab und erreichte ein Millionenpublikum.

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„Alles ist lustig, solange es jemand Anderem passiert.“

—  Will Rogers

Illiterate Digest (1924), "Warning to Jokers: lay off the prince"
Original engl.: "Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody Else."

„Kommunismus ist wie Prohibition - eine gute Idee, aber es funktioniert nicht.“

—  Will Rogers

Weekly Articles (1981), erstmals veröffentlicht 1927
Original engl.: "Communism is like prohibition, it's a good idea but it won't work."

„Ich mache keine Witze. Ich beobachte nur die Regierung und berichte Tatsachen.“

—  Will Rogers

Saturday Review, 25. August 1962
Original engl.: "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

„Man kann nicht sagen, daß die Zivilisation keine Fortschritte macht. In jedem Krieg töten sie einen auf neue Art.“

—  Will Rogers

New York Times, 23. Dezember 1929
Original engl.: "You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way."

„Jeder ist ein Ignorant, nur bei unterschiedlichen Themen.“

—  Will Rogers

New York Times, 31. August 1924
Original engl.: "You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

„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.

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„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

Kontext: 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

„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
Kontext: 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
Kontext: 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.

„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“

—  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
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Will Rogers

"Politics Getting Ready to Jell" <!-- p. 265 -->
The Illiterate Digest (1924)
Kontext: 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.

„See they conducted experiments on convicts“

—  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
Kontext: 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.

„The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.“

—  Will Rogers

Kontext: There are three kinds of men: The ones that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

„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)

„The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.“

—  Will Rogers

The Illiterate Digest (1924)
Kontext: The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity. <!-- p. 228

„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
Kontext: 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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