Franklin P. Adams

(15 November 1881 – 23 March 1960 / Chicago, Illinois)

On the Uses of Adversity


"Nam nihil est, quod non mortalibus afferat usum."

--PETRONIUS


Nothing there is that mortal man may utterly despise;
What in our wealth we treasured, in our poverty we prize.

The gold upon a sinking ship has often wrecked the boat,
While on a simple oar a shipwrecked man may keep afloat.

The burglar seeks the plutocrat, attracted by his dress--
The poor man finds his poverty the true preparedness.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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