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

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Entry from September 01, 2013
“Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination”

"Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many posters, where it is almost always credited to Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Wilde never said it.

Lionel Stander (1908=1884), a Bronx-born actor who had many marriages, said the quotation in an interview with Playboy magazine (December 1967). Stander was credited for the quotation until about 2000, when the false attribution to Oscar Wilde made the quote even more famous.


Wikipedia: Lionel Stander
Lionel Jay Stander (January 11, 1908 – November 30, 1994) was an American actor in films, radio, theater and television.

Google Books
Latins Are Still Lousy Lovers
By Helen Lawrenson
New York, NY: Hawthorn Books
1968
Pg. 147:
Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.
(From Lionel Stander—ed.)

Google Books
Begin It Now:
You Have a Purpose

By Susan Hayward
Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: In-Tune Books
1987
Pg. ?:
Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.
LIONEL STANDER

Google Books
What a piece of work is man!:
Camp’s unfamiliar quotations from 2000 B.C. to the present

By Wesley Douglass Camp
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall
1989, ©1990
Pg. 394: 
Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Lionel Stander, quoted in Playboy, December 1967

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
By Geoff Timballs
London” Constable & Robinson Ltd
2004
Pg. ?:
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
OSCAR WILDE

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Tweet This Book:
The 1,400 Greatest Quotes of All Time in 140 Characters Or Less

Edited by Sayre Van Young and Marin Van Young
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2011
Pg. 140:
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde

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