[Ads-l] Quote: The day a child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent. Request perusal of book by Canadian poet Alden Nowlan

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 15 14:20:59 UTC 2019

This is a follow-up to my previous request. There is now an entry on
the QI website addressing the topic in the subject line.

The Day the Child Realizes That All Adults Are Imperfect He Becomes an


On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 6:57 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> A correspondent requested a trace of the subject line quotation.
> My investigation points to the book specified below. The goal is to
> verify that the quotation is present and to obtain a complete and
> accurate citation. This task is complicated by the fact that I do not
> know the page number. It might be page 102. It is a book of poetry,
> so it might not be too difficult to fully examine it.
> If you can help, please let me know. Scans showing the quotation
> and metadata would be very useful.
> The Google Books database has a book with the following title, but it
> is the wrong book.
> Year: 1971
> Book: Between Tears and Laughter: Poems
> Author: Alden Nowlan
> Publisher: Toronto, Clarke, Irwin
> Page Number: Uncertain; maybe 102
> [Begin target text that is supposed to be in the book above]
> The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an
> adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he
> forgives himself he becomes wise.
> [End target text]
> There is another lead in the book below. The target quotation appears
> on pages 147 and 225 according to Google Books (GB). There are
> footnotes attached to the quotations, but the contents of footnotes
> are difficult to extract in GB especially when the numbering scheme
> causes the reuse of footnote numbers. It would be nice to see what the
> footnotes say.
> Year: 2003
> Book: One Heart, One Way: Alden Nowlan: A Writer's Life
> Author: Gregory M. Cook
> Publisher: Pottersfield Press, Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia
> Page Numbers: 147, 225, and footnotes 19 and 35
> Garson O’Toole

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