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The Human Condition

Will Rogers was one of the great American humorists of all time. His stand-up routines would put to shame some of the big comedic names of our own era. One of the wonderful things about him was his ability to poke fun about the human condition in a way that makes us laugh while admitting the truth about ourselves. Here’s a few of his words for your amusement and meditation.

Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. Never miss a good chance to shut up. Always drink upstream from the herd. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket. There are three kinds of men: the ones that learn by reading; the few who learn by observation; the rest of them have to touch the electric fence and find out for themselves. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Lettin’ the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back in. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: when you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut. Maybe we should listen to Will Rogers’s wisdom more frequently.


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