Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Will Rogers (18791935)
When I die, my epitaph or whatever you call those signs on gravestones is going to read: I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I dident like. I am so proud of that I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved. And when you come to my grave you will find me sitting there, proudly reading it.
WILL ROGERS.Paula McSpadden Love, The Will Rogers Book, pp. 16667 (1972).
One of his most famous and most quoted remarks. First printed in the Boston Globe, June 16, 1930, after he had attended Tremont Temple Baptist Church, where Dr. James W. Brougher was minister. He asked Will to say a few words after the sermon. The papers were quick to pick up the remark, and it stayed with him the rest of his life. He also said it on various other occasions (p. 167).
The author was a niece of Will Rogerss and curator of the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma.