"Budget: A mathematical confirmation of your suspicions” is a jocular quotation that was credited to A. A. Lattimer (or “Latimer") in 1949. Nothing else is known about this author besides this quotation, which has appeared in many books.
The Reader’s Digest
Budget — a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions (A. A. Lattimer).
14 March 1949, Orrville (OH) Courier-Crescent, pg. 6, col. 3:
“A budget is a mathematical confirmation oí your suspicions,”
A. A. Latimer
27 January 1957, Sunday World-Herald (Omaha, NE), “The Cheering Section” conducted by Bruce Paterson, Magazine sec., pg. 23G, col. 3:
Budget: A mathematical confirmation of our suspicions.—Quaker Campus.
The New Speaker’s Treasury of Wit and Wisdom
By Herbert Victor Prochnow
New York, NY: Harper
Budget: A mathematical confirmation of your suspicions. A. A. Latimer
Complete Speaker’s and Toastmaster’s Library
By Jacob Morton Braude
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
1. a method of worrying before you spend instead of afterward.
2. a mathematical confirmation of our suspicions.
Book of Business Quotations
Edited by Bill Ridgers
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons
Budget: a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions.
A.A. Latimer, author
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