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 September 14, 2016
“Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me—I quit!‘“

“You can’t fire me—I quit!” is an employment expression that became popular in the 1920s.

American comedian Bill Maher, hosting the first show of Comedy Central’s Politically Incorrect that aired on July 25, 1993, talked about Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011), a doctor who promoted assisted suicide Maher said:

“I believe Dr. Kevorkian is onto something. I think he’s great. Because suicide is our way of saying to God, ‘You can’t fire me. I quit.’”

“Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me, I quit’” is a form of the Maher quote that has been included in several books of quotations.


Wikipedia: Bill Maher
William “Bill” Maher (/ˈmɑːr/; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, media critic, and television host. As a television host, he is well known for the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher (2003–present). Maher previously hosted a similar late-night show called Politically Incorrect, originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC.

Maher is known for his sarcastic attitude, political satire and sociopolitical commentary. He targets many topics including religion, politics, bureaucracies, political correctness, and the mass media.

Wikipedia: Politically Incorrect
Politically Incorrect is an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that aired from 1993 to 2002. It premiered on Comedy Central in 1993, moved to ABC in January 1997, and was canceled in 2002.

23 July 1993, New York (NY) Times, “TV Weekend: Equal Injustice for All In Political Spoof Show” by John J. O’Connor, pg. D15:
Mr. Maher opens Sunday’s show with the observation, spinning off Dr. Jack Kevorkian, that “suicide is our way of saying to God, ‘You can’t fire me; I quit.’” Well, at least it’s sort of provocative.
(Comedy Central’s Politically Incorrect

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Bill Maher and POLITICALLY INCORRECT
Jack W. Minor
10/4/95
(...)
“Suicide is our way of telling God ‘You can’t fire me. I quit!’”
Bill Maher

Google Books
Comic Relief
Edited by Todd Gold
New York, NY: Avon Books
1996
Pg. ?:
“I believe Dr. Kevorkian is onto something. I think he’s great. Because suicide is our way of saying to God, ‘You can’t fire me. I quit.’”
(From Bill Maher.—ed.)

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Less Than Digital Accuracy Revisited
Edk4
8/25/96
(...)
Ed Kingsley

Is Dr. Kevorkian our way of saying, “Hey, YOU can’t fire me, I quit!!” (?)

Google Books
Words from the Wise
By Rosemarie Jarski
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
2007
Pg. ?:
Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me, I quit.’
Bill Maher

Google Books
Oxford Dictionary of Quotations by Subject
By Susan Ratcliffe
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2010
Pg. 460:
Suicide is our way of saying to God: ‘You can’t fire me. I quit’.
Bill Maher 1956– American comedian: Politically Incorrect (American TV show, 1993–2002)

Google Books
The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said
By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Touchstone
2012
Pg. ?:
1,287
Suicide is a way of saying to God, “You can’t fire me! I quit!” —Bill Maher

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 • Permalink