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 13, 2012
“Pain is temporary, pride is forever” (sports and exercise adage)

"Pain is temporary, pride is forever” is a popular sports and exercise adage that has been printed on many T-shirts. “Pain is temporary, success is permanent” was a message hung on a cross country team bus in 1987. “Pain is temporary/ Pride is forever” was on a yellow United States Marines T-shirt in 1988. By the early 1990s, the T-shirt saying became popular in many sports.

Road racing cycling champion Lance Armstrong wrote in 2003, “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”


Wikiquote: Lance Armstrong
Lance Edward Armstrong (born 18 September 1971) is an American professional road racing cyclist, who won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years, from 1999 to 2005, the only person to win seven times, having broken the previous record of five wins. He is founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research and support.

Sourced
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
. “Back in the Saddle - An Essay by Lance Armstrong”, as quoted in The Book of Action (2006) by Jeramy L. Patrick and Justin L. Helms, p. 68

29 October 1987, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), “J-E girls sneak up on cross country powers” by Darren Roach, Accent, pg. 5, col. 1:
On the way to the Sherbourne-Earlville cross country invitational, Jordan-Elbridge Coach Amy Wagner hung a message on the team bus that read: “Pain is temporary, success is permanent.”

New York (NY) Times
Andre Dubus’s Hard-Luck Stories
By Bruce Weber; Bruce Weber is an editor of this magazine
Published: November 20, 1988
(...)
On a Sunday evening, the father is wearing a yellow United States Marines T-shirt inscribed with the legend “Pain is temporary/ Pride is forever” when the son comes home to help him work out.

28 January 1991, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), “Knee injury can’t sideline Fowler,” pg. 5C, col. 6:
“Pain is temporary, pride is forever,” he repeated. “I’m going to stick with that.”
(Carlos Fowler, University of Wisconsin football player—ed.)

21 February 1993, Roanoke (VA) Times, “Semones wins 3rd state title,” pg. B1:
“I just kept telling myself that pain is temporary but pride is forever,” Adams said.

19 August 1993, Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald, “Northern wrestler sparks team,” pg. B2, col. 1:
It’s not easy to advance in this sport where the T-shirts read “pain is temporary, pride is forever” when you come from Hay River.

22 June 1995, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, “Panzienz is used to beating odds; underdog status no sweat heading into Jones fight,” Sports, pg. 72:
“You know what they say: Pain is temporary, pride is forever.”

Google Books
Every Second Counts
By Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins
New York, NY
2003
Pg. ?:
But the fact is that I wouldn’t have won even a single Tourde France without the lesson of illness. What it teaches is this: pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

To me, just finishing the Tour de France is a demonstration of survival.

Seattle (WA) Times
Originally published Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 12:00 AM
WSU Football: Decimated “D,” fill-in freshmen
Washington State linebacker Greg Trent doesn’t reveal much publicly, but his collection of homemade T-shirts speaks volumes about his philosophy...

By Austin Burton
Special to The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — Washington State linebacker Greg Trent doesn’t reveal much publicly, but his collection of homemade T-shirts speaks volumes about his philosophy.

“Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.” The phrase is printed on several shirts owned by Trent, a true freshman from Keller, Texas.

Google Books
Runner’s World Complete Book of Beginning Running
By Amby Burfoot
Emmaus, PA: Rodale; New York, NY: Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers
2005
Pg. 296:
“Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.” — Anonymous

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