Who said: "I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way."

BookBrowse's Favorite Quotes

"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way." - Franklin P. Adams

Franklin Pierce Adams (1881 – 1960), was an American columnist who wrote under the pen name F.P.A. He was also part of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s (a group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits that met for lunch every day at a round table at the Algonquin Hotel).

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the Armour Scientific Academy in 1899 and attended the University of Michigan for one year. After a brief time with the Chicago Journal he wrote for the New York Evening Mail from 1904 to 1913, where he started his column, that became known as "The Conning Tower"*, which consisted of verse and humor during the week and, on Saturdays, an account of his week's activities that imitated the style of Samuel Pepys.

He and his column moved to the New York Herald Tribune in 1913. During World War I he worked on the Army's newspaper, the Stars and Stripes. After the war he returned to New York to work at the New York World which closed in 1931. He returned to the Herald Tribune for a few years, then moved to the New York Post before ending his column in 1941. He died in 1960.

*A conning tower is a raised, enclosed observation post in a submarine or the armored pilothouse of a warship.

Other famous quotes:

"There are plenty of good five cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter."

"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."

"Too much truth is uncouth."

More Quotes

This quote & biography originally ran in an issue of BookBrowse's membership magazine. Full Membership Features & Benefits.

Member Benefits

Join Now!

Check the advantages!
Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

    •  
    • FREE
    • MEMBER
    • Range of media reviews for each book
    • Excerpts of all featured books
    • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
    • Browse by genre
    • Book club discussions
    • Book club advice and reading guides
    • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
    •  
    • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
    •  
    • Free books to read and review (US Only)
    •  
    • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
    •  
    • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
    •  
    • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books
    •  

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Hyde
    Hyde
    by Daniel Levine
    In Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story ends ...
  • Book Jacket: Shotgun Lovesongs
    Shotgun Lovesongs
    by Nickolas Butler
    Nickolas Butler's debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, follows five life-long friends, now in their mid-...
  • Book Jacket: Gemini
    Gemini
    by Carol Cassella
    How good is Gemini, Carol Cassella's book about a Seattle intensive care physician who becomes ...

First Impressions

Members read and review books ahead
of publication. See what they think
in First Impressions!

Books that
expand your
horizons.

Visitors can view a lot of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only

Find out more.

Book Discussions
Book Jacket

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

Published Apr. 2014

Join the discussion!

  1.  170The Weight of Blood:
    Laura McHugh
  2.  254Cartwheel:
    Jennifer duBois

All Discussions

Who Said...

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

Solve this clue:

P Your O C

and be entered to win..

Books thatinspire you.Handpicked.

Books you'll stay up all night reading; books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, books that will expand your mind and inspire you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.