GEORGE ADE QUOTES

American writer (1866-1944)

George Ade quote

The serpent is helpless unless he finds an apple to work with.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Compound Fracture", Hand-Made Fables

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Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Polite Poison Counter", Hand-Made Fables

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One smell of brimstone makes the whole world kin.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of How the Canny Commercial Salesman Guessed the Combination", True Bills

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

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Bohemian Who Had Hard Luck", Fables in Slang

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Where ignorance is not bliss, get wise!

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Hard-Up Yeoman", Hand-Made Fables

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Those who are entitled to it get it sooner or later.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Grass Widow and the Mesmeree and the Six Dollars", More Fables

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but would not cost half as much during the winter months.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Old Fox and the Young Fox", True Bills

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Those who have tried meekness know the importance of being important.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Two Ways of Going Out After the Pay Envelope", True Bills

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Every man is the architect of his own fortunes, but the neighbors superintend the construction.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of What They Hankered For and What Was Delivered to Them", Hand-Made Fables

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Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, "It Might Have Been."

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Corporation Director and the Mislaid Ambition", More Fables

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If a man does not go about his work with enthusiasm, it means that he has not yet found a work that he likes. Every mortal is a busy bee when he comes to the task that Destiny has set aside for him.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Old Fox and the Young Fox", True Bills

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A bird in the hand may be worth two in the bush, but remember also that a bird in the hand is a positive embarrassment to one not in the poultry business.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Old Fox and the Young Fox", True Bills

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Never try to get into society, so-called. Those who try seldom get in, and if they do edge through the portals they always feel clammy and unworthy when under the scrutiny of the elect. Sit outside and appear indifferent, and after a while they may sent for you. If not, it will be money in your pocket.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Old Fox and the Young Fox", True Bills

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When Wealth walks in at the Door, the Press Agent comes in through the Window.

GEORGE ADE, "The Through Train", Knocking the Neighbors

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The wealthy have nothing left except money.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Misdirected Sympathy and the Come-Back of the Proud Steam-Fitter", True Bills

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Do not give alms promiscuously. Select the unworthy poor and make them happy. To give to the deserving is a duty, but to help the improvident, drinking class is clear generosity, so that the donor has a right to be warmed by a selfish pride and count on a most flattering obituary.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Old Fox and the Young Fox", True Bills

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Always interline a contract before signing it, merely to impress the Party of the First Part. The one who puts his signature to Articles of Agreement drawn up by the other fellow is establishing a dangerous precedent.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Old Fox and the Young Fox", True Bills

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Opportunity knocks once at every man's door and then keeps on knocking.

GEORGE ADE, "The Undecided Bachelor", Knocking the Neighbors

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Never pretend to have money except when you are in straits. The poor man who pretends to have a bank account betters his credit and takes no risk. But the prosperous individual who counts his money in the street, forthwith will be invited to attend a charity bazaar.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Old Fox and the Young Fox", True Bills

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The only literary men are those who have to work at it.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of What Happened the Night the Men Came to the Women's Club", More Fables

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Tags: literature, writing