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 October 08, 2009
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikiquote: Luck
I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.
. Coleman Cox, in Listen to this (1922)
. Unsourced variant: The harder I work, the luckier I get.
. Sometimes mistakenly attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Stephen Leacock, or Samuel Goldwyn.

Google Books
Straight Talk from Coleman Cox
By Coleman Cox
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company
1928
Pg. 63:
I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.
(Compiled from Coleman’s 1922 book Listen to this—ed.)

Google Books
Telling of Selling
By Coleman Cox
San Francisco, CA: C. Cox
1933
Pg. 9:
I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.

28 October 1947, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), “An Outdoors Diary,” pg. 12, col. 3:
When I remarked that he certainly seemed to have a magic touch with his garden, he answered, “Yes, I’m like that fellow who said, ‘It’s funny but I find that the harder I work, the luckier I am.’”

Google News Archive
8 June 1958, Miami (FL) News, “Yanks Trying Live Baseball” by Red Smith, pg. 3C, col. 2:
“A fellow said something to Mori about what a lucky stiff he was. ‘Yes,” Mori said, ‘I’ve noticed that the harder I work the luckier I get.’”
(Gene Mori, a New Jersey automobile dealer who owned three racetracks—ed.)

Google Books
Taking Chances:
The psychology of losing and how to profit from it

By Robert T. Lewis
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company
1979
Pg. 98:
Unlike Thomas Jefferson, who stated, “I am a great believer in luck, and the harder I work, the more I have of it,” there are some people who feel unlucky if they do not achieve their goals without effort.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • (1) Comments • Thursday, October 08, 2009 • Permalink


Hi Barry,

I found this quote in the 1921-22 issue of the Colorado School of Mines Magazine ( http://books.google.com/books?id=7mtOAAAAMAAJ&pg=RA2-PA29), attributed to a Coleman Cox (maybe from his book _Take It From Me_, which seems to be the only one that definitely predates the above article - can’t see the book text online, though).  I had no luck with ProQuest’s American Periodicals Series…

-Anna

Posted by Anna Berkes  on  09/10  at  04:05 PM

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