"Man doth not live by bread alone” and “Man shall not live by bread alone” are passages in the Bible. “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter” means simply that something should go between the slices of bread. The saying has been improbably credited ot U.S. President James A. Garfield (1831-1881), but “peanut butter” didn’t exist during his lifetime. Comedian Bill Cosby has also been given credit; while he might have said it, he almost certainly didn’t coin it.
“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter” has been cited in print since December 1964, when the Associated Press reported it on a sign in a St. Louis (MO) supermarket.
Proverbs: Man cannot live by bread alone
With allusion to two biblical passages (both AV): deuteronomy viii. 3 Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live; matthew iv. 4 Man shall not live by bread alone.
16 December 1964, Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, “Something Extra,” pg. 10, col. 3:
ST. LOUIS, MO. (AP)—A sign in a local supermarket proclaims: “man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter, 79 cents a jar.”
Pacific Oil World
In supermarket: “Man cannot live by bread alone — he must have peanut butter. Only 79c a jar.”
Piano Trade Publishing
Remember, as the comedian Brother Dave Gardner put it, “Man cannot live by bread alone — he must have peanut butter!”
12 March 1990, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, pg. 1F:
Bill Cosby sums it up this way: ‘’Man cannot live by bread alone. He must have peanut butter.’’
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The American actor Bill Cosby once said ‘man cannot live by bread alone, he must have peanut butter’.
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Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
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“Man Cannot Live By Bread Alone...”
“He Must Also Have Peanut Butter.” ~President James A. Garfield
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