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Entry from February 16, 2021
“If you ever injected truth into politics you’d have no politics”

Politicians have been known to stretch the truth. “If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics” was written by American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935) in his syndicated newspaper column on July 15, 1923. the quote has been printed on many images.

“If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics” was printed in the Kansas City (MO) Star on July 15, 1923. “If you ever injected truth into Politics you have no politics” was printed in the Boston (MA) Sunday Globe on July 15, 1923. “If you ever injected truth into Politics you have no politics” was printed in the Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT) on July 15, 1923.

“If you ever injected truth into Politics you’d have no politics” was printed in the Pittsburgh (PA) Press on July 15, 1923.

“If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics” is a version that is incorrect and was not printed that day.


Wikiquote: Will Rogers
William Penn Adair Rogers (4 November 1879 – 15 August 1935) was an American humorist and entertainer; known primarily as Will Rogers.

Quotes
Weekly columns

Will Rogers launched a weekly, nationally syndicated newspaper column in December 1922. The column eventually became known as the “Weekly Article” and ran in each Sunday edition. Its inclusion in the New York Times gave it a national readership.
. See they conducted experiments on convicts ... I don’t know on what grounds they reason a man in jail is a bigger liar than one out of jail ... The chances are telling the truth is what got him there ... It would be a big aid to humanity, it will never be, for already the politicians are up in arms against it ... It would wreck the very foundation on which our political government is run ... If you ever injected truth into politics you’d have no politics … Even the ministers are denouncing it now … Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony.
.. Nationally syndicated column number 31, A Few Shots of Scopolamin (15 July 1923), after meeting Robert E. House, who had proposed the use of scopolamine as a truth serum, in The Use of Scopolamine in Criminology (1922).

Newspapers.com
15 July 1923, Kansas City (MO) Star, “What A Few Shots Of Scopolamin Might Do” by Will Rogers, pg. 9D, col. 2:
If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics.

Newspapers.com
15 July 1923, Boston (MA) Sunday Globe, Editorial and News Feature Section, pg. 6, col. 4:
WILL ROGERS
Why Is Hollywood the Cradle of High
Rollers?—Will Answers

(...)
If you ever injected truth into Politics you have no politics.

Newspapers.com
15 July 1923, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “A Few Shots of Scopolamin” by Will Rogers, Additional News Section, pg. 4, col. 3:
If you ever injected truth into Politics you’d have no politics.

Newspapers.com
15 July 1923, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), “A Few Shots of Scopolamin” by Will Rogers, “Society, Clubs, Music” sec., pg. 5, col. 5:
If you ever injected truth into Politics you have no politics.

Google Books
Will Rogers Speaks:
Over 1,000 Timeless Quotations for Public Speakers (writers, Politicians, Comedians, Browsers ...

Edited by Bryan B. Sterling and Frances N. Sterling
New York, NY: M. Evans
1995
Pg. 223:
If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics.
July 15, 1923

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