“I Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like” ~ A Visit With Will Rogers in Oologah, Oklahoma

If you live in Oklahoma or if you have flown into or out of our airport in Oklahoma City, then may you know a little about  the “The History of Will Rogers.” I grew up wishing I’d known this man.  And every time I  hear another of his famous quotes or see his picture, I fondly think of him, just like you would an old friend.

Hubby and I had the pleasure of visiting Will Roger’s birthplace, near Oologah, Oklahoma this past weekend.  It was the weekend of the annual fly in.  Many planes and hundreds of folks turned out to celebrate Will Rogers and Wiley Post.  We even met them.  Okay, we actually met Lester Lurk and his look-alike Wiley Post sidekick.  But the resemblance was similar.  So much so, that when they got in the plane to taxi off together, I must admit that in my head I was thinking, “Guys, I don’t think I’d fly together again.”

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.  ~Will Rogers

A fool and his money are soon elected. ~ Will Rogers
About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation. ~ Will Rogers

An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out.  ~Will Rogers

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate? ~ Will Rogers

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. ~ Will Rogers

Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff. ~ Will Rogers

Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock. ~ Will Rogers

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers

Do the best you can, and don’t take life too serious. ~ Will Rogers

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. ~ Will Rogers

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. ~ Will Rogers

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries ~ Will Rogers

People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument. ~ Will Rogers

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.  ~ Will Rogers
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34 Responses to “I Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like” ~ A Visit With Will Rogers in Oologah, Oklahoma

  1. Juliana forster says:

    Great post Paula!! I love all his quotes and your pictures are awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing! Juliana

  2. bucketdave says:

    What a great post. Will Rogers has real wisdom in his quotes. Thank you so much for sharing them with everyone.

  3. Paula you think of the most interesting subjects and people to write about. My dad really loved Will Rogers and his philosophy….in fact they were a lot alike. I don’t think my dad ever met a man he didn’t like either. Thanks for recalling a very interesting character in our history.

    • Will Roger’s story is amazing to me. And then to visit with Lester Lurk, at this fly-in….looking so much like Will Rogers….pretty cool. (except Mr. Lurk is from Missouri! lol) I’m afraid if W.R. were still living today, he might have to update his quote to, “I’ve only met a few men I didn’t like.” 🙂

  4. Great pictures and quotes…

  5. mimijk says:

    Love Will Rogers – and the pictures are terrific!!

  6. Andrea V. says:

    Do you mind if I ask what kind of camera you use? The pics are stunningly clear and resonant and the Fly-In was captured fabulously.

    • Thank you so much….I am still new at this photography thing…but the camera my hubby surprised me with is a Nikon 3100. I use a 300 zoom…so it can really close in, which is great. A fun event!

  7. beatrix mana says:

    Great advice I love the pictures.

  8. Lester Lurk says:

    Paula, You did a fantastic job on the pics and quotes. We were so glad to meet you, and yes, I do enjoy playing the part of Will Rogers and meeting so many people in OK. Will was such a great person, it humbles me to try to be able to play a part in keeping his memory in the hearts of everyone. It is my desire to make people aware of the Will Rogers Museum and all it has to offer.Les Lurk aka Will Rogers

  9. Dottie Whitsitt says:

    Hi ya Paula…..loved this Blog!! A lot of these quotes I had never heard and the pictures just completed his thoughts!! Have a great weekend!! 🙂

  10. Tammy says:

    What a great post. I love your photos and your quotes.

  11. I love it! What a great post and wonderful images! Great pairings of the quotes and photos…like good food and great wine! xo

  12. I love the way you integrate those wonderful quotes with the photos. Great post, Paula.

  13. Renae says:

    Love that Will Rogers! Nice post 🙂

  14. What a wonderful post. I feel I’ve learned a lot about a man I didn’t know anything about. Love the quotes, especially the last one!

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