Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Will Rogers (18791935)
I originated a remark many years ago that I think has been copied more than any little thing that Ive every said, and I used it in the FOLLIES of 1922. I said America has a unique record. We never lost a war and we never won a conference in our lives. I believe that we could without any degree of egotism, single-handed lick any nation in the world. But we cant confer with Costa Rica and come home with our shirts on.
WILL ROGERS.Paula McSpadden Love, The Will Rogers Book, p. 177 (1972).
The author was a niece of Will Rogerss and curator of the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma.