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 May 25, 2017
“No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side”

"No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side of things” is a one-line motivational saying that has been printed on many images. “But few people impair their eyesight from looking on the bright side of things” was published in the Chicago (IL) News in 1898.


19 July 1898, Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, “Pointed Paragraphs” (Chicago News), pg. 6, col. 7:
But few people impair their eyesight from looking on the bright side of things.

Chronicling America
15 August 1898, San Francisco (CA) Call, pg. 4, col. 6:
But few people impair their eyesight from looking on the bright side of things.

8 September 1906, Massachusetts Ploughman and New England Journal of Agriculture (Boston, MA), “Gems of Thought,” pg. 7, col. 4:
Few people impair their eyesight by looking at the bright side of things. 

Google Books
24 November 1916, The Carlisle Arrow, “Arrow Points,” pg. 2, col. 2:
“Few people injure their eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.”

Google Books
Smiles
By Marcia Kaplan and David Kaplan
Art by Phil Mendez
Atlanta, GA: Cheers
1982
Pg.?:
No one ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.

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The Reader’s Digest
Volume 127, Issues 759-764
1985
Pg. 250:
No one ever ruined his eyesight by looking at the bright side of life. — George E. Bergman in National Enquirer

6 March 1986, Evansville (IN) Courier, “Scram-Lets” edited by Clay R. Pollan, pg. 29, col. 4:
My son was unhappy with his performance during a ballgame. “Don’t fret,” counseled his grandpa, “no one ever ruined his eyesight by looking at the BRIGHT side of things.”

28 December 1986, Greensboro (NC) News & Record, “Over 50” by Harry Rosenthal, pg. G5, col. 6:
To quote one of Murray Zevon’s lines: “No one ever ruined his eyesight by looking at the bright side of things.”

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December 1991, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 82, col. 2:
Pedro says: No one ever ruined his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.
-- Martha J. Beckman, Granada Hills, Calif.

12 August 1993, The Star-Herald (Kosciusko, MS), “Osteoporosis topic for Best Yet Club,” pg. 12B, col. 3:
Lois Jenkins called the meeting to order with the thought, “no one every injured their eyesight by looking at the bright side of things.

Google Groups: rec.arts.poems
favorite quotes
MattWard
12/20/94
(...)
No one ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.
Anon.

Google Books
Life, Etc: Advice for the Real World
By Charley Swayne
New York, NY: Fireside
1996
Pg. 30:
No one ever injured his eyesight by looking at the bright side.

Google Groups: alt.weemba
Bright side (WW)
strawhat
7/31/97
No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side if things.

Google Groups: alt.support.epilepsy
New Poem & Thanks for all the input
Tommari
2/25/98
(...)
Thought For The Day:
“No one ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.”

Google Books
Friendship Book
By Francis Gay
D.C. Thomson
2000
Pg.?:
THURSDAY— DECEMBER 13. NO-ONE ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.” Isn’t it a pity that the author of such a happy sentiment is unknown to us? I’m sure you’ll agree that he — or she — had exactly the right

Twitter
BandRescue.com‏
@BandRescue
Remember!!  No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side!
10:28 PM - 9 Mar 2009

Facebook
Zig Ziglar with Jayne Brown and 38 others.
December 26, 2013 ·
No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.
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Facebook
The Law Of Attraction
March 1, 2014 ·
‘No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side of things’

Washington (DC) Post
Opinions
Joni Ernst’s Iowa campaign makes quick work of the ‘war on women’

By George F. Will Opinion writer September 26, 2014
URBANDALE, Iowa
The Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as a breakfast appetizer, sells a root beer called Dang!, bandages made to look like bacon strips, and signs that proclaim, “I love you more than bacon.” For Joni Ernst, however, the apposite sign reads, “No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.”

Twitter
Wright Thurston‏
@10MillionMiler
“No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side”
@10MillionMiler #quote #quotes RT @RippleEffexLLC
8:25 AM - 23 Dec 2014 from Sandy, UT

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Under a Painted Sky
By Stacey Lee
New York, NY: Penguin Books
2015
Pg. 173:
“As Isaac always says, no one ever injured an eye by looking at the bright side.”

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