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 March 16, 2016
“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death”

The syndicated newspaper entertainment columnist Earl Wilson (1907-1987) wrote in March 1977:

“REMEMBERED QUOTE: ‘Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.’”

Unfortunately, Wilson did not give the source of the quote. The quote is often mistakenly credited to different Wilson—Harold Wilson (1916-1995), a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Wikipedia: Earl Wilson (columnist)
Harvey Earl Wilson (May 3, 1907–January 16, 1987), born Harvey Earl Wilson, was an American journalist, gossip columnist and author, perhaps best known for his nationally syndicated newspaper column, It Happened Last Night.

Google News Archive
29 March 1977, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 13-A, col. 6:
REMEMBERED QUOTE: “Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.”

Google Books
A Treasury of Days:
365 Thoughts on the Art of Living

By Dee Danner Barwick
Norwalk, CT: C.R. Gibson
1983
Pg. 19:
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.
EARL WILSON

Google Books
Quotable Quotes
By Editors of Reader’s Digest
New York, NY: Reader’s Digest
1997
Pg. ?:
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. —EARL WILSON

Google Books
Two Wheels Through Terror:
Diary of a South American Motorcycle Odyssey

By Glen Heggstad
Center Conway, NH: Whitehorse Press
2004
Pg. 59:
“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.”
Harold Wilson

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

By Sayre Van Young and Marin Van Young
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2011
Pg. 55:
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.
Harold Wilson

Twitter
Marek Kośniowski
‏@MarekKosniowski
“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.”
― Earl Wilson #quotes
11:36 AM - 16 Mar 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 • Permalink