Quotes of the Day for 15 November 2010 – Franklin Pierce Adams
Franklin Pierce Adams was born at Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1881. He attended the University of Michigan for one year and dropped out to sell life insurance, but one of his first clients suggested he try his hand at journalism. He did that for a year at the Chicago Journal, then moved to a series of New York papers, with a stint at Stars and Stripes during WW I. He wrote a column in each paper, titled "The Conning Tower" from 1913 until his retirement in 1941, which launched a number of authors' careers, including Dorothy Parker and James Thurber. He became so well known that his byline was simply "FPA".
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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.
Ninety-two percent of the stuff told you in confidence you couldn't get anyone else to listen to.
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.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
There are plenty of good five-cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter. What this country needs is a good five-cent nickel.
Too much truth is uncouth.
All from Franklin Pierce Adams, 1881 - 1960
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