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 25, 2013
“Good things come to those who bait” (fishing proverb)

"All/Good things come to those who wait” is a proverb that dates to the 1500s. “All/Good things come to those who bait” is a fishing variation of the proverb. “You can’t make the fisherman believe that all things come to those who bait” was cited in 1910.

A similar fishing proverb is “Good things come to those who wade.”


Wiktionary: all things come to those who wait
Proverb
all things come to those who wait

1.(dated) A patient seeker will be satisfied in due time; patience is a virtue.
Usage notes
This version of the proverb is now somewhat dated, the more common form today being good things come to those who wait (with good instead of all).

21 September 1910, The Star and Sentinel (Gettysburg, PA), pg. 1, col. 5:
You can’t make the fisherman believe that all things come to those who bait.

Google News Archive
13 April 1911, Butler (PA) Times, “Sun Spots,” pg. 8, col. 2:
Even tho the trout season is almost at hand, you can’t make the fisherman believe that all things come to those who bait.

Chronicling America
27 May 1913, El Paso (TX) Herald, “One-Sentence Philosophy,” pg. 4, col. 2:
The fisherman’s motto—All things come to those who bait.

Google Books
Crisp Toasts:
Wonderful Words That Add Wit and Class to Every Time You Raise Your Glass

By William R. Evans III and Andrew Frothingham
New York, NY: St. Martinʼs Press
1992
Pg. 56:
May good things come to those who bait.

Lake County News-Sun (Chicago, IL)
Good things come to those who bait
By FRANK ABDERHOLDEN Sep 20, 2010
Updated: September 20, 2010 4:04PM
Here is a little muskie madness as we head into the fall season, and a last chance to catch a muskie before the ice comes in.

Google Books
Firefly Island (The Shores of Moses Lake Book #3)
By Lisa Wingate
Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers
2013
Pg. ?:
Amid the graffiti hung handmade wooden plaques with quotes like Good things come to those who bait and Early to bed, Early to rise, Fish all day, Tell big lies.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 • Permalink