WILL ROGERS was born 100 years ago today in Oologah, Okla. He died in a plane crash in Alaska in August 1935. He was a popular entertainer and lecturer and he wrote a daily newspaper column, from which these are samples: The minute a fellow gets into the Chamber of Commerce he quits mowing his own lawn. --May 20, 1923 There's one thing no nation can ever accuse us of and that is secret diplomacy. Our foreign dealings are an open book, generally a checkbook. --Oct. 21, 1923 Politics ain't worrying this country one-tenth as much as parking space. --Jan. 6, 1924 All you would have to do to make some men atheists is just tell them the Lord belonged to the opposition party. After that they never could see any good in Him. --March 29, 1925 There is only two sure ways to lose a friend. One is to go camping with him, and the other is to loan him money. --1926 Personally, I am in favor of money being spent on elections. The more money the better. If they can get contributions from rich men and distribute them around among the poor and needy I think it's a good thing. --1926 A man in the country does his own thinking, but you get him into town and he soon will be thinking second-handed. --May 1, 1926 No man can ever rise above his surroundings, and if you put a man in that was elected on nothing but campaign speeches, you are going to have nothing but wind to represent you. --Dec. 26, 1926 It should cost as much to get married as it does to get divorced. Make it look like marriage is worth as much as divorce, even if it ain't. --May 15, 1928 Our children are delivered to the schools in automobiles. But whether that adds to their grades is doubtful. --June 2, 1928 Farmers starve three years out of four, but the good year is always election year. --Sept. 9, 1928 We are always reading statistics and figures. Half of America do nothing but prepare propaganda for the other half to read. --Feb. 24, 1929 The short memories of the American voter is what keeps our politicians in office. --April 7, 1930 There is nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get off the thing he was educated in. --July 5, 1931 Why is it the good ones are the ones that go? That's one thing about an onery guy. You never hear of him dying. He is into everything else but a coffin. --Oct. 25, 1931 That's one trouble with our charities: we are always saving somebody away off, when the fellow next to us ain't eating. --March 22, 1932 I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. --Dec. 3, 1933 Civilization has taught us to eat with a fork, but even now if nobody is around we use our fingers. --Jan. 20, 1935 A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you. --March 13, 1935 An economist is a man who can tell you what can happen under any given conditions, and his guess is liable to be just as good as anybody else's. --May 26, 1935