SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS QUOTES

American writer (1871-1958)

Success: a marvelous stimulant, bubbling with inspiration and incitement. But for all except the few who are strong and steadfast, there lurks beneath the effervescence a subtle poison.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Success: A Novel

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Boredom is simply romanticism with a morning-after thirst.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Average Jones

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Never before has the message of solidarity been so gravely needed. We are living at a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash. But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, attributed, Samuel Hopkins Adams and the Business of Writing

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The ordinary run of advertising is nothing more than an effort to sell something by yelling in print.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Average Jones

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Any physician who advertises a positive cure for any disease, who issues nostrum testimonials, who sells his services to a secret remedy, or who diagnoses and treats by mail patients he has never seen, is a quack.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, "The Sure-Cure School", Collier's Weekly, Jul. 14, 1906

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I'm a suicide. I walked right spang over the edge of life and disappeared. Splash! Bubble-bubble! There goes nothing.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Our Square and the People In It

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You can, when you choose, sharpen the pencil of your mind to a very fine point. Specialize, my boy, specialize.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Average Jones

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Ignorance and credulous hope make the market for most proprietary remedies.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, "The Subtle Poisons", Collier's Weekly, Dec. 2, 1905

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Boredom and booze--cause and effect.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Our Square and the People In It

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All I want is to be in the game.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Wanted: A Husband

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A wasted human being--that's a sort of practical blasphemy, according to my religion.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Wanted: A Husband

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Shortest straw pulls the skunk's tail.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, "Baseball in Mumford's Pasture Lot", Grandfather Stories

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Our square lies broad and green and busy, in the forgotten depths of the great city. By day its is bright with the laughter of children and shrill with the bickering of neighbors. By night the voice of the spellbinder is strident on its corners, but from the remoter benches float murmurs where the young couples sit, and sighs where the old folk relax their weariness. New York knows little of Our Square, submerged as we are in a circle of slums. Yet for us, as for more Elysian fields, the crocus springs in the happy grass, the flash and song of the birds stir our trees, and Romance fans us with the wind of its imperishable wing.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Our Square and the People In It

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Medicine would be the ideal profession if it did not involve giving pain.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, The Health Master

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According to the estimate of a prominent advertising firm, above 90 per cent, of the earning capacity of the prominent nostrums is represented by their advertising. And all this advertising is based on the well-proven theory of the public's pitiable ignorance and gullibility in the vitally important matter of health.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, "The Fundamental Fakes", Collier's Weekly, Feb. 17, 1906

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The path of the pursuer and the prey often run obscurely parallel.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Average Jones

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Anything is easy to the man who sees.... The open eye of the open mind--that has more to do with real detective work than all the deduction and induction and analysis ever devised.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Average Jones

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Too much medicine was what ailed Dick Colton. Not that he had been taking it. On the contrary he had been administering it to others.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, The Flying Death

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Work won't do me any good ... I've tried it, and it bored me worse than the other thing.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, Our Square and the People In It

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With the exception of lawyers, there is no profession which considers itself above the law so widely as the medical profession.

SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS, The Health Master

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