Thomas Jefferson urged a Constitutional amendment to institutionalize education as a federal function, part of his grander scheme to lift humanity out of the muck with education as the skyhook.
Will Rogers said:
Why don’t they pass a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as Prohibition did, in five years we will have the smartest people on earth.
♥ The Quotable Will Rogers, Joseph H. Carter and Larry Gatlin, Gibbs Smith 2005, page 35.
Joseph H. Carter heads the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma. Larry Gatlin is the performer, who did show on Will Rogers that inspired the book. This collection of Rogers’ quotes is loaded with information, but citations are not easy to get. We trust that these two guys would be unlikely to misreport — but I’d still like to get a better citation on this quote. Among other problems for scholars, in his lifetime Rogers wrote about a newspaper column each day, and he often collected columns into books that sold well but are now out of print.
Perhaps the amazing thing is that more bon mots are not misattributed to Will Rogers, especially the funny ones.
- Quotes of Will Rogers, from the Will Rogers Museum
- Earlier at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, a post on the death of Will Rogers and Wiley Post