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 22, 2011
“Just because you don’t take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t in you”

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you” has been attributed to Greek leader Pericles (495 BC-429 BC), but only since the late 1990s. The Greek source is never identified in the frequent citations.

The quotation appears to be of modern origin.


Wikiquote: Pericles
Pericles (ca. 495 BC - 429 BC, Greek : Περικλῆς) was an influential and important leader of Athens during the Athenian Golden Age (specifically, between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars), from the Alcmaeonidae family. The period from 461 BC to 379 BC is sometimes known as “The Age of Pericles”.
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Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.

Google Books
For Girls Only:
Wise Words, Good Advice

By Carol Weston
New York, NY: Avon Books
1998
Pg. ?:
In 430 BC, Pericles said, “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

Common Dreams
Published on Monday, January 13, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
Reign of Terror Redux: From Bush to Bonaparte
by Heather Wokusch
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“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
- Pericles, 430 BC

18 June 2003, Pacific Daily News (Hagatna, Guam), pg. A17:
Pericles, the Greek philosopher, had a handle on that about 2400 years ago. He said, “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Permalink