A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 04, 2015
“A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place”

“A fool and his money are soon parted” is a popular English proverb that dates to the 1500s. “A fool and his money are lucky ever to have gotten together in the first place” is a variation on the proverb that was cited in print in 1906. “A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place” was popularized in the movie Wall Street (1987).

Other sayings from the same proverb include “A fool and his money are soon audited,” “A fool and his money are soon elected” and “A fool and his money are soon partying.”


8 April 1906, New York (NY) Times:
A fool and his money are lucky ever to have gotten together in the first place.

Chronicling America
16 May 1906, Richmond (KY) Climax, pg. 4, col. 3:
A fool and his money are lucky to have gotten together in the first place.

8 January 1907, Boston (MA) Post, “Latest Humor From England,” pg. 7, col. 3:
LUCK
They say a fool and his money are soon parted; but it seems to me the two are lucky ever to have got together in the first place.—Sphere.

Chronicling America
8 June 1912, Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, IA), pg. 2, col. 6:
Think It Over.
The traditional fool and his money are lucky over to have got together in the first place.—Puck.

Google Books
The Toastmaster’s Handbook
By Herbert V. Prochnow
New York, NY: Prentice-Hall
1949
Pg. 194:
A fool and his money may part, but they were lucky to get together in the first place.

Google News Archive
28 September 1967, Mt. Adams Sun (Bingen, WA), pg. 1, col. 2:
They say a fool and his money are soon parted, but how did they get together in the first place?

Google Books
Training the Speaking Voice
By Virgil A. Anderson
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.
1977
Pg. 62:
i. A fool and his money may soon part, but they were lucky to get together in the first place.

The Internet Movie Database
Wall Street (1987)
Quotes

Gordon Gekko: You’re walking around blind without a cane, pal. A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.

Google Books
Harry Anderson’s Games You Can’t Lose:
A Guide for Suckers

By Harry Anderson and Turk Pipkin
New York, NY: Pocket Books
1989
Pg. 17:
“A fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place.” — Anonymous

Google Books
Twisted Wisdom:
Modern Anti-Proverbs

By Wolfgang Mieder and Anna Tóthné Litovkina
Burlington, VT: University of Vermont
1999
Pg. 10:
... A fool and his money are soon parted - but they were lucky to get together in the first place. (Safian 1967: 54) ...

Google Books
Investment Discipline:
A Creative Journey to Build a New Life

By Reto R. Gallati
Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press
2012
Pg. 178:
“A fool and his money were lucky enough to get together in the first place.”
-- W. C. Fields

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Sunday, January 04, 2015 • Permalink