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 April 22, 2017
“Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men”

"Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men” is a quotation that has been printed on many images. American journalist Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) wrote in his syndicated newspaper column on March 10, 1966:

“A few men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.”

The “A few” beginning is usually cut off when the quotation is cited.


Wikipedia: Sydney J. Harris
Sydney J. Harris (September 14, 1917 – December 7, 1986) was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and, later, the Chicago Sun-Times. He wrote 11 books and his weekday column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in approximately 200 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.

10 March 1966, Lawton (OK) Constitution, “Does Money Make Counterfeit Men?” by Sydney J. Harris, pg. 12, col. 6:
PURELY Personal Prejudices: A few men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.

Google Books
A Philosophy of Wealth Accumulation for Dentists
BY William J Davis, Gary L Rathbun and Richard A Green
Toledo, OH: Medical College Press
2000
Pg. 166:
Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men. — SYDNEY J. HARRIS

Google Books
Money and Wealth:
A Book of Quotations

Edited by Joslyn Pine
Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.
2013
Pg. 179:
Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.
Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986), American writer and newpaper columnist

Twitter
Janakiraman‏
@periyakulam
Men make counterfeit money;
in many more cases,
money makes counterfeit men.
- Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author
#DeMonetisation
7:30 AM - 28 Nov 2016

Quora
What does the qoute “Men make counterfeit money; in most cases money makes counterfeit men” mean?
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Alexander Anlyan, studied at Education
Written Dec 29, 2016
This quotation reminds the reader that more men have been lead to corruption and wrongness by their behavior in pursuit of money then have been left there by creating counterfeit money. So, the men become counterfeit men because they give up their true selves while doing things, that compromise them, to gain wealth.

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