Franklin Pierce Adams

Franklin Pierce Adams

Franklin Pierce Adams (November 15, 1881 – March 23, 1960) was an American columnist, well known by his initials F.P.A., and wit, best known for his newspaper column, "The Conning Tower", and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio's Information Please. 

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

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

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

Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute.

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

You do not know what you can miss before you try.

Too much truth is uncouth.

Christmas is over and Business is Business

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

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

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.

In a body [like Congress] where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate.

Since I am used to speaking in public I know that it is useless

Yet though my lamp burns low and dim / Though I must slave for livelihood - / Think you that I would change with him? / You bet I would!

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

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