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Tauy Jones Hall, the oldest building of Ottawa University where George Matthew Adams obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1901.
(The most famous of Adams's works comprises a collection o...)
The most famous of Adams's works comprises a collection of brief talks on the most important topic of his day and even perhaps to this day-success.
George Matthew Adams obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Ottawa University, Kansas, in 1901. In 1940, he obtained an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the same university.
George Matthew Adams started his career in a Chicago advertising agency as an operator of an elevator. He then served as a department manager for Mahin Advertising Company, and an advertising writer for Swift and Company.
In 1907, Adams founded the Adams Newspaper Service destined for syndicate comic strips and columns to periodicals. By 1916, the service was renamed to the George Matthew Adams Service. That same year, Adams began his own editorial column, "Today's Talk" that consisted of thousands of his essays written during his business trips. "Today's Talk" was published in American and Canadian newspapers on a daily basis.
Over the five decades of work, the service syndicated the writings of such authors as Thornton Burgess, Edgar Guest, and Robert Ripley. The syndicated comic strips included Finn an' Haddie by Billy DeBeck, The Clancy Kids by Percy Crosby, Minute Movies by Ed Wheelan, and Freddy by Robert Baldwin. Adams's syndicate peaked during the 1920s and 1930s.
In addition to the George Matthew Adams Service, Adams also co-founded and presided the Adams-Payne Printing Service in New York City.
You Can: A Collection of Brief Talks on the Most Important Topic in the World – Your Success, published in 1913, was the first of Adams’s several collections.
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"One reason why so many people are unhappy, not knowing why, is that they have burdened their minds with resentments. These evil thoughts pile right on top of happier and generous ones and smother them so that they never get expression. Resentments are a form of hate... What a dearth of good will and co-operation there are among human beings and nations! What a world this would be if we all worked together, and as a popular diplomat recently expressed it-played together!"
"You are your greatest investment. The more you store in that mind of yours, the more you enrich your experience, the more people you meet, the more books you read, and the more places you visit, the greater is that investment in all that you are. Everything that you add to your peace of mind, and to your outlook upon life, is added capital that no one but yourself can dissipate."
"It's what each of us sows, and how, that gives us character and prestige. Seeds of kindness, goodwill, and human understanding, planted in fertile soil, spring up into deathless friendships, big deeds of worth, and a memory that will not soon fade out. We are all sowers of seeds-and let us never forget it!"
"One of the great arts in living is to learn the art of accurately appraising values. Everything that we think, that we earn, that we have given to us, that in any way touches our consciousness, has its own value. These values are apt to change with the mood, with time, or because of circumstances. We cannot safely tie to any material value. The values of all material possessions change continually, sometimes over night. Nothing of this nature has any permanent set value. The real values are those that stay by you, give you happiness and enrich you. They are the human values."
"In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to sacrifice. It is better to aim for something that you want-even though you miss it-than to get something that you didn't aim to get, and which you don't want! If we look long enough for what we want in life we are almost sure to find it, no matter what that objective may be."
George Matthew Adams was a member of the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., the Century Association, the Overseas Press Club of America, and the Grolier Club, New York City.
George Matthew Adams's passion for writing essays for the "common man" was equaled only by his love for rare etchings and book collections. During his lifetime he donated an important collection of his books and prints, including selected paintings, to the Dartmouth College Library, the Yale University Library, the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, the Tuskegee Institute, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Among his many donated books was an extensive collection of the works of nineteenth-century author Stephen Crane.
George Matthew Adams was married twice. On June 3, 1905, he married Harriet Isabel Breese. The family produced twin sons George M. Adams, Jr., and Leland B. Adams.
Isabel Breese died in 1931. Two years later, Adams formed a family with an artist Mrs. Robert Scott Harner.