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Polly Adler

  • A house is not a home.

    • Polly Adler,
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  • ... I am one of those people who just can't help getting a kick out of life — even when it's a kick in the teeth.

  • Your heart often knows things before your mind does ...

  • ... every day he sent me more gardenias than most people go to the grave with.

  • I couldn't live my reputation down — all right then, I'd live up to it.

  • ... the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician — these are the people who make money out of prostitution ...

  • Too many cooks spoil the brothel.

  • It's not the college degree that makes a writer. The great thing is to have a story to tell.

Polly Adler, U.S. madam

(1900 - 1962)