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 December 18, 2012
“The life you live is the lesson you teach”

"The life you live is the lesson you teach” is a saying that has appeared on posters.  The saying has been cited in print in 1918, 1919 and 1923, and then it suddenly became popular in 2008—probably from the poster. The authorship of the saying is unknown.


Etsy
Inspirational Print LIFE YOU LIVE Poster
Motivational Words Sayings 5x7 Heartful Art by Raphaella Vaisseau

5x7 Poster of the inspirational saying, “The life you live is the lesson you teach” with whimsical art by Raphaella Vaisseau. This print is a motivational reminder that who you are matters and what you do matters. Know that you are a teacher by the way you are living your life.

Chronicling America
19 June 1918, New Ulm (MN) Review, pg. 1, col. 2:
The life you live is the lesson you teach.

Google News Archive
13 March 1919, Eugene (OR) Daily Guard, “Attendance Good at First Session of Method School,” pg. 2, col. 5:
Some of the pithy sentences are as follows: (...) “The life you live is the lesson you teach”; ...

Google Books
10 May 1923, Moderator-Topics (Lansing, MI), pg. 614, col. 1:
Remember “The life you live is the lesson you teach.”

16 April 1948, Trenton (NJ) Evening Times, pg. 26, col. 5:
... speaker, Mrs. Satyaviti Chitambar, “The Life You Live Is the Lesson You Teach.”

28 January 1972, The Herald (Chicago, IL), “Leadership Club Accepts Six As New Members,” sec. 1, pg. 13, col. 2:
Miss Coryell said the purpose of the club is to study and receive training in the field of physical education, to render volunteer service to the YMCA by assisting with activity groups and to interpret the purpose and philosophy of the YMCA to other members through personal example. Their slogan is: The life you live is the lesson you teach.

The Life We Live
This blog is an attempt to capture a little bit of our lives in words and pictures. A quote given to me by my mom a long time ago says “the life you live is the lesson you teach.” While we strive to live a life that is worthy of making a difference in someone else’s, we often fail miserably. Thankfully, we know a Savior who continues to love us and teach us lessons that we can share.
(First blog post May 26, 2008—ed.)

17 July 2008, Bangor (ME) Daily News, Obituaries, pg. B6, col. 6:
If the life you live is the lesson you teach, then she taught us well in kindness, optimism and finding contentment in life’s daily, simple pleasures

FIT-AT-50
The Life You Live is the Lesson You Teach
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I heard this quote earlier today and have been pondering it since then: “The Life You Live is the Lesson You Teach.” These are nine simple words with such profound meaning on so many levels.

On a moment by moment basis, it reminds me of the importance of patience with others and kind words of encouragement, even when your own life is harried and stressful.

Curiosities by Dickens
August 8, 2012
The life you live is the lesson you teach
This may be my new favorite quote!  I have a long way to go before I’ll be in a position to teach wisely!  Great quote!

Inspirational Picture Quotes...
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The life you live is the lesson you teach.
Posted by Melanie M. Koulouris at Sunday, October 07, 2012

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The life you live is the lesson you teach
Posted on December 8, 2012
I sometimes hear my voice talking to my kids, and I fear that their only memories of their mom from these days will be “Make it quick!” “Please get in the car!” “We’re late!”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Tuesday, December 18, 2012 • Permalink