Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Franklin P. Jones

Reporter, Public Relations Executive and Humorist

"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger."

"A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist."

"A bargain is something you have to find use for, once you've bought it."

"An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory."

"A fanatic is one who sticks to his guns whether they're loaded or not."

"All women should know how to take care of children. Most of them will have a husband someday."

"Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog."

"An extravagance is anything you buy that is of no earthly use to your wife."

"An atheist is one who hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief."

"Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next."

"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."

"Anybody who finds it easy to make money on the horses is probably in the dog food business."

"Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice."

"Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."

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

"It's the opinion of some that crops could be grown on the moon. Which raises the fear that it may not be long before we're paying somebody not to."

"Experience is that marvelous thing that enable you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."

"Forgive your enemies--if you can't get back at them any other way."

"Love doesn't make the word go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."

"It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water."

"Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it."

"Ninety-eight percent of American homes have TV sets, which means the people in the other 2% have to generate their own sex and violence."

"Mincing your words makes it easier if you have to eat them later."

"Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success - yours or his."

"Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values and witnesses."

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

"Nothing produces such odd result as trying to get even."

"Nothing's so apt to undermine your confidence in a product as knowing that the commercial selling it has been approved by the company that make it."

"One trouble with developing speed reading skills is that by the time you realize a book is boring you've already finished it."

"One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening."

"Originality is the art of concealing your source."

"One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget."

"Perhaps nothing has changed in the course of history as much as historians."

"Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job."

"Seeing ourselves as others would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them."

"Silence gives consent, or a horrible feeling that nobody's listening."

"Sex is a two-way treat."

"The British have a remarkable talent for keeping calm, even when there is no crisis."

"The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it."

"Untold suffering seldom is."

"The most efficient labor-saving device is still money."

"The easiest way to solve a problem is to pick an easy one."

"The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back."

"When you get something for nothing, you just haven't been billed for it yet."

"What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don’t want to discourage it completely."

"The quickest and shortest way to crush whatever laurels you have won is for you to rest on them."

"While enormous strides have been made in recent years, there's still a lot to be said for a smile."

"You are what you eat. For example, if you eat garlic you're apt to be a hermit."

"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance."

"You never realize what a good memory you have until you try to forget something."