Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Franklin Pierce Adams, pen name F.P.A.

American Journalist, Humorist, Newspaper Columnist

"You never know what you can do without until your try."

"Ninety-two percent of the stuff told to you in confidence you couldn't get anybody else to listen to."

"Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody, rather than for somebody."

"Money isn’t everything, but lack of money isn’t anything."

"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."

"When the political columnists say "Every thinking man" they mean themselves, and when the candidates appeal to "Every intelligent vote" they mean everybody who is going to vote for them."

"While the work or play is on, it is a lot of fun if while you are doing one you don't constantly feel that you ought to be doing the other."

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

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

"To err is human; to forgive, infrequent."