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 March 08, 2007
“Perseverance and sweet oil”

"Perseverance and sweet oil” seems like a Texas way of doing things, but this phrase dates from at least the mid-19th century.


Google Books
History of the Express Business
by Alexander Lovett Stimson
New York: Baker & Godwin
1881
Pg. 182:
“But patience, perseverance and sweet oil,
Make all things work agreeably to Hoyle.”

Making of America
March 1854, Putnam’s Monthly Magazine, pg. 302:
...nevertheless, “patience, perseverance, and sweet oil” will, in time, cure this and all other absurdities and evils in Missouri, or under the sun.

29 April 1859, Daily Columbus Enquirer (Columbus, GA), pg. 3:
A little time and lubrication—perseverance and sweet oil, will overcome all the difficulty.
[Lou. Jour.

7 December 1952, Dallas Morning News, part 1, pg. 23:
For many months, perseverance and sweet oil, to use an old Texas phrase, have been used with manufacturers of tubular goods.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, March 08, 2007 • Permalink