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 November 24, 2010
“It never occurs to politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is one of the most-quoted of American presidents. “It never occurs to politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting” is a quip that dates to at least 1970 and is of unknown authorship.


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Abraham Lincoln (12 February 1809 - 15 April 1865) was the 16th President of the United States and led the country during the American Civil War.
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It never occurs to some politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting.
. Author unknown, quoted in 20,000 Quips & Quotes (1996) by Evan Esar

Google News Archive
5 September 1970, Victoria (TX) Advocate, “Glimpses of the America That Abraham Lincoln Knew,” pg. 15, col. 1:
LINCOLN AND HIS AMERICA, 1809-1865. With the Words of Abraham Lincoln arranged by David Plowden. Studio—Viking Press. 362 pp. $19.95.

Leafing through this magnificent pictorial tribute to Abraham Lincoln, one is reminded of the cynic’s quip that it never occurs to politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting.

Google News Archive
12 February 1975, Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star, pg. 4, col. 7:
Thought for today: It never occurs to some politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting—Anonymous.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 480:
It never occurs to politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Wednesday, November 24, 2010 • Permalink