„What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.“

Skyline: A Reporter's Reminiscence of the 1920s (1961); as cited by Jonathon Green (1988) Says who?: a guide to the quotations of the century. p. 308

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American journalist 1890 - 1960

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