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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 08, 2014
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape”

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many posters. Michael McGriff, M.D., has been credited with the saying since 1989.


Google News Archive
11 January 1989, The Dispatch (Lexington, NC), “Midway Notes” by Sharon Rush, pg. 26, col. 6:
A thought for the day: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.—Michael McGriff, M.D.

28 August 1989, Sandusky (OH) Register, pg. A-13, col. 2 classified ad:
BLESSED are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape
REALTY WORLD

Google News Archive
16 September 1992, Heppner (OR) Gazette-Times, “Chamber Chatter” by Claudia Hughes, pg. 4, col. 3:
Thought for the week: “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

Google Books
148 Motivational Minutes:
Insightful Ideas for Improving the Quality of Your Life

By Don Essig
Lombard, IL: Successories Pub.
1994
Pg. 48:
It goes like this: “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

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Unshakable Man
By Ron Auch
Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press
1996, ©1995
Pg. 196:
I once saw on a church sign, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

Google News Archive
23 January 1998, Boca Raton (FL) News, Ann Landers syndicated advice column, pg. 2B, col. 2:
Gem of the Day: Oh, blessed are the flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.

Google Books
Keeping Your Balance
By Nancy Eichman
Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate
2003
Pg. 106:
Michael McGriff said, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

Google Books
Motivated to Succeed:
Inspirational Selections from John C. Maxwell

By John Maxwell
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
2006
Pg. ?:
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
-- Michael McGriff

Google Books
If You Want to Soar with Eagles, Don’t Hang Out with Turkeys:
Gems for Christian Living

By Lois E. Scott
Bloomington, IN: iUniverse
2010
Pg. 7:
Blessed are the flexible, for we shall not be bent out of shape. — Bruce Dance

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Yely
‏@Yelymartinez
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be snapped in two” -Christine Caine.
12:37 AM - 4 Nov 2014

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