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 11, 2014
“Life is like ice cream—enjoy it before it melts”

"Life is like (an) ice cream—enjoy it before it melts” is a saying that has been printed on many posters. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1994 and is of unknown authorship.


Google Books
Bioethics:
For the People By the People

By Darry R J (Darryl Raymund Johnson) Macer
Christchurch, N.Z.: Eubios Ethics Institute
1994
Pg. 393:
Life is like a ice cream ENJOY it before it melts.

Google Groups: rec.music.indian.classical
Vedavalli in Ottawa-a brief report
Deepa Shankaranarayanan
5/8/96
(...)
“ Life’s like an icecream...so, enjoy it before it melts!! “

Google Groups: soc.penpals
ANGELA
Lulu
7/16/98
(...)
Hey Life is Journey… It’s like an ice cream… enjoy it before it melts..

Google Books
Mottos for Success
By Maria Fontaine
Aurora Production
2001
Pg. 7:
Life is like an ice cream: Enjoy it before it melts.

Google Groups: pour_la_bonne_langue_française
Salut!! (level 2)
Amruta Deherkar
12/21/05
(...)
Life is like an icecream, enjoy it before it melts.

Twitter
Khris Sy
‏@kwistwine
says Life is a scoop of ice cream… Enjoy it before it melts(mmm) http://plurk.com/p/s0h17
3:25 PM - 5 May 2009

Twitter
Vivian Lu
‏@accordingtovivi
Cute Quotes About Life: Life is an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts! If you love life and are looking for so.. http://tinyurl.com/ylsfegh
9:52 AM - 10 Oct 2009

Twitter
Sancho
‏@phogletaker
“Life is like an ice cream…enjoy it before it melts…” - Ice cream house http://tumblr.com/xro3sccov
12:12 PM - 31 Oct 2009

Google Books
Explosive Crossroads:
The Continuing Adventures of Luke Dodge, a Young Man Whose Nine Lives All Belong to the Sea

By Christopher Fisher Goldblatt
Bloomington, IN: iUniverse
2010
Pg. 185:
“I am good from here. Have a safe drive back, and remember, life is like ice cream. You must enjoy it before it melts.”

Google Books
Raw Dreamers:
What’s been your catastrophic event?

By Arsalan Akhter
Partridge India
2014
Pg. 68:
Someone else said, “life is like an ice-cream, enjoy it before it melts”—I said okay.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • Permalink