Eighty-four years ago today, Oklahoma lost her favorite son near Point Barrow, Alaska.

Will Rogers was 55 years old and was flying with his friend and fellow Oklahoman, Wylie Post, when their plane crashed.

Both died instantly.

Decades later, there are airports that bear their names, even if it might give pause to be flying in and out of airports named for two men killed in a plane crash.

Rogers was world-renowned as an entertainer, radio personality, commentator, humorist and student of human nature, which never really changes no matter the times we live in.

So today we honor Will Rogers by sharing just a slice of his sage advice:

  • Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.
  • Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
  • You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
  • There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  • I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  • When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  • The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
  • Lettin’ the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back.
  • The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
  • If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
  • 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.
  • Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved. 
  • There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

I hope you enjoyed this sampling of his wit and wisdom.

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