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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Preserving our quotes and sayings

“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.” William Feather 

Feather, born on this day in 1889, was an American
 publisher and author based in Cleveland, OH, where he built a publishing empire and shared dozens and dozens of those quotes and fables through his writings.

Born in Jamestown, NY, Feather came to Cleveland in 1903, and after earning a degree from Western Reserve University in 1910, he began working as a reporter for the Cleveland Press. In 1916, he established the William Feather Magazine, and also wrote for other magazines like H.L. Mencken's The American Mercury.  His successful printing business produced several of his own books, including the simply titled but highly sought-after How to Get Ahead.

He also wrote the best-selling The Business of Life and one of the first “How-To" guides, How To Set Up a Family Budget. In his writings he espoused thrift, industry, promptness, perseverance, and dependability.  He also was a spokesman and advocate for books of all kinds.
“Books,” he said, “open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.  Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.”

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