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Entry from May 15, 2016
“A businessman is someone to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom”

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) wrote in 1903 about “these cricketers to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom.” The Chicago (IL) Tribune in 1905 gave the epigram, “To many a man age brings golf instead of wisdom.”

The “cricketer” was replaced with the “businessman” in versions printed in the 2000s. “Businessmen to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom” was cited in 2004. “A businessman is someone to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom” was cited in 2007.


Bartleby.com
Bernard Shaw (1856–1950).  Man and Superman.  1903.
Epistle Dedicatory

TO ARTHUR BINGHAM WALKLEY
(...)
Well, we two know these transfigured persons, these college passmen, these well groomed monocular Algys and Bobbies, these cricketers to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom, these plutocratic products of “the nail and sarspan business as he got his money by.”

1 January 1905, Chicago (IL) Sunday Tribune, “Guesses at Life’s Problems,” pg. D3, col. 3:
To many a man age brings golf instead of wisdom.

29 May 1937, The Daily Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica), “Secondary Schools Do Not Pay Due Regard To Cultural Needs,” pg. 10, col. 3:
Some one had remarked that we play cricket when we are young and old age brings us golf, not wisdom. (Laughter).

May 2004, The American Spectator, “Country Club Christianity” by Jonathan Aitken, pg. 51:
However, the concept needs to be thought about and the leisured classes at least enjoy the advantage of having plenty of thinking time at their disposal, provided they can first be converted away from imitating George Bernard Shaw’s stereotype of “Businessmen to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom.”

Google Books
Golfing Wit:
Quips and Quotes for the Golf-Obsessed

By Aubrey Malone
Chichester: Summersdale
2007
Pg. 247:
A businessman is someone to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom.
George Bernard Shaw

Twitter
Rohit Jain
‏@tenalirama
smile RT @subhadra_72 Businessman: The man to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom
1:09 AM - 28 Dec 2009

Google Books
The Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Business Quotations
By Fred Metcalf
London: Biteback Publishing Ltd
2014
Pg. ?:
The businessman – the man to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

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