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 August 14, 2012
“Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day”

PROVERB: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

ANTI-PROVERB: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.”

The popular anti-proverb has been cited in print since at least 1997.


29 December 1997, St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press, Express, pg. 2C:
“Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.”

31 December 1998, The Facts (Clute, TX), “Texas Angling” by Mike Holmes, pg. 3B, col. 6:
And this timeless classic, “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day!”

10 December 1999, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, Bill Kirby column, pg. 1D, col. 1:
Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
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Pg. 77:
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

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Pg. 47:
Why is it that if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, but if you teach him to fish, he’ll sit in a boat and drink beer all day?

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, August 14, 2012 • Permalink