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George Abbott

George Abbott (1887–1995)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Actor: What is my motivation? Director George Abbott: Your job. Abbott, a legend in his time—he ... More
Jane Sherwood Ace

Jane Sherwood Ace (1905–74)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Time wounds all heels.

This play on the proverbial “Time heals all wounds” was attributed by Goodman Ace to his

Dean Acheson

Dean Acheson (1893–1971)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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The rarest gift that God bestows on man is the capacity for decision.

speech, Freedom House, New York City, April

Acts of the Legislature of Illinois

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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The official language of the State of Illinois shall be known henceforth as the American language, and not as the

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams (1744–1818)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.

letter to

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams (1902–84)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Art is the affirmation of life.

Adams attributed this saying to his great predecessor Alfred Stieglitz

in Playboy, May

Brooks Adams

Brooks Adams (1848–1927)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore, laws have no

Charles Francis Adams

Charles Francis Adams (1807–86)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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In this country … men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when

Clover Adams

Clover Adams (1843–85)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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It's not that he “bites off more than he can chaw,”…but he chaws more than he bites off.

Occasionally true

Franklin Pierce Adams

Franklin Pierce Adams (1881–1960)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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These are the saddest of possible words,“Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.” The Chicago Cubs trio of shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny ... More
Henry Brooks Adams

Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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From the old-world point of view, the American had no mind; he had an economic thinking-machine which could work only

John Adams

John Adams (1735–1826)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people. …

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams (1767–1848)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams (1722–1803)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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The country shall be independent, and we will be satisfied with nothing short of it.

For Adams's reaction upon hearing

Jane Addams

Jane Addams (1860–1935)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Private beneficence is totally inadequate to deal with the vast numbers of the city's disinherited.

Addams founded Hull House in

Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison (1672–1719)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Do thou, great liberty, inspire our souls,And make our lives in thy possession happyOr our deaths glorious in

George Ade

George Ade (1866–1944)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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The cocktail is a pleasant drink;It's mild and harmless—I don't think.When you've had one, you call for two,

Polly Adler

Polly Adler (1900–62)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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A house is not a home.

Ms. Adler ran one of New York City's fanciest brothels during the 1920s and

Stella Adler

Stella Adler (1902–92)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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You can't be boring. Life is boring. The weather is boring. Actors must not be boring.

New York Times,

Spiro Agnew

Spiro Agnew (1918–96)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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If you've seen one slum you've seen them all.

Vice President Agnew's attack style of political comment was new in

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