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 June 19, 2010
“Eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside”

"Part of the secret of success in life it to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside” has been credited to writer Mark Twain (1835-1910), but there is no evidence that he ever said it. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1946 (when it was credited to Mark Twain).


Wikiquote: Mark Twain
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, novelist, writer, and lecturer.

13 September 1945, Titonka (IA) Topic, pg. 7, col. 6:
Who said: “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside”?
("Mark Twain” is given as the answer—ed.)

Google Books
Food and Health:
An introduction to the science of nutrition

By Annie Barbara Callow
Oxford: Clarendon Press
1946
Pg. 33:
Mark Twain once said that the secret of success in life is to eat whatever you like and let the food fight it out inside. Although this was said in jest, it contains an element of truth.

Google News Archive
4 October 1953, Reading (PA) Eagle, pg. 12, col. 4:
Today’s Quotation: “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”—Mark Twain.

Google Books
Speaker’s handbook of epigrams and witticisms
By Herbert Victor Prochnow
New York, NY: Harper & Brothers
1955
Pg. 109:
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. Mark Twain

Google News Archive
16 September 1955, Reading (PA) Eagle, “Neal O’Hara Says,” pg. 8, col. 4:
Thoughts while shaving: 1. If there was one thing as much as his humor for which Mark Twain was famous, it was his zest for food and drink. And some of his most profound thoughts dealt with viands and vintages...2. One concludes that Twain had a sturdy stomach that required no bicarbonate of soda or other such remedies. He as mcuh as said so in this bon mot: “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”

Google Books
Eating and Drinking:
An anthology for epicures

By Peter John Hunt
London: Ebury Press
1961
Pg. 21:
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
MARK TWAIN

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Saturday, June 19, 2010 • Permalink