Great Throughts Treasury

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

George Ade

American Humorist, Dramatist, Author

"Familiarity breeds contentment."

"One man's poison ivy is another man's spinach."

"Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense. "

"A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative."

"A good folly is worth what you pay for it."

"A lot of smart young people have come out of Indiana. The smarter they are, the faster they come out."

"A man never feels more important than when he receives a telegram containing more than ten words."

"A Piker always has his entire Stock of Goods in the Show Window."

"After being turned down by numerous publishers, he decided to write for posterity."

"A people so primitive that they did not know how to get money except by working for it."

"Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry."

"Draw your salary before spending it."

"Early to bed and early to rise is a bad rule for anyone who wishes to become acquainted with our most prominent and influential people."

"Early to bed and early to rise, and you'll meet very few of our best people."

"For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver."

"He had been kicked in the head by a mule when young, and believed everything he read in the Sunday papers."

"I feel like a lion in a den of Daniels."

"If it were not for the presents, an elopement would be preferable."

"'But, R-e-m-o-r-s-e! The water-wagon is the place for me; It is no time for mirth and laughter, The cold, gray dawn of the morning after!"

"Do unto yourself as your neighbors do unto themselves and look pleasant."

"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home for wearing what you like."

"If we still had the six-game season ticket available, I'm convinced all the five-game packages would have been six-game sales. But it was a record-breaking year for ticket sales no matter how you look at it."

"In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of popular entertainment."

"In uplifting, get underneath."

"It is not time for mirth and laughter, the cold, gray dawn of the morning after."

"It isn't how long you stick around but what you put over while you are here."

"It's going to be a beautiful day for football. We now have tickets in hand to meet what we expect will be a strong walkup demand."

"Last night at twelve I felt immense But now I feel like thirty cents."

"Life is a series of relapses and recoveries."

"Mark Twain on 's writing: I have been reading him [Ade] again, and my admiration overflows all limits. How effortless the limning! It is as if the work did itself, without help of the master's hand."

"Men are always sincere. They change sincerities, that's all."

"Moral: Don't try to Account for Anything."

"Moral: In uplifting, get underneath."

"Moral: It all depends."

"Notre Dame is sold out, and Akron and Iowa will be by the end of the week. In the next two weeks, Northwestern should be a sellout."

"Of all Sad Words of Tongue or Pen, the Saddest are these, "It Might Have Been.""

"Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep up with current literature"

"She was a soprano of the kind often used for augmenting grief at a funeral."

"She was short on intellect, but long on shape"

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have it pinned on them."

"The music teacher came twice a week to bridge the awful gap between Dorothy and Chopin."

"The only Literary Men are those who have to Work at it."

"The time to enjoy a European tour is about three weeks after you unpack."

"Those who are Entitled to it Get it sooner or later."

"To insure peace of mind ignore the rules and regulations."

"We had a good sale (on Monday) and with (today's) sales up until game time, we should be able to sellout."

"We've sold more than 60,000 tickets, so after we get all the bands and other non-ticketed folks in, we'll be close to capacity. We will definitely sell out."

"Whom are you? said he, for he had been to night school"