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Franklin P. Adams Quotes


An American columnist and wit, best known for his newspaper column, "The Conning Tower", and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio's Information Please.
(1881 - 1960)

Christmas is over and Business is Business.
[Capitalism]
 

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
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Having imagination it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that if you were unimaginative would take you only a minute.
 

Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.
 

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
 

Middle age occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.
 

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
 

Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.
 

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.
 

The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
 

Then here's to the City of Boston, The town of the cries and the groans, Where the Cabots can't see the Kabotschniks, And the Lowells won't speak to the Cohns.
 

There are plenty of good five-cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter. What the country really needs is a good five-cent nickle.
[Money]
 

There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.
 

Too much truth Is uncouth.
[Truth]
 

We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations.
 

When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them.
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While the work or play is on ... don't constantly feel you ought to be doing the other.
[Concentration]
 

Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.
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You do not know what you can miss before you try.