A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 31, 2016
“The man who gives in when he’s right is married”

A classic statement about marriage was made the the New York City humor magazine Life on April 7, 1910:

“The man who gives in when he is wrong is wise; the man who gives in when he is right is generally married.”

The short saying has been frequently reprinted for over 100 years, but usually without credit to Life magazine.


Google Books
7 April 1910, Life magazine, pg. 607, col. 2:
THE man who gives in when he is wrong is wise; the man who gives in when he is right is generally married.

22 April 1910, Denver (CO) Post, pg. 10, col. 4:
The man who gives in when he is wrong is wise; the man who gives in when he is right is generally married.—So declares Life.

14 December 1910, Wilkes-Barre (PA) Record, “Fragments of Wisdom” from The Smart Set, pg. 12, col. 3:
He who surrenders when he is wrong is wise. He who surrenders when he is right—is married. But he, too, is wise.

5 January 1911, Rockford (IL) Republic, “Fragments of Wisdom” from The Smart Set, pg. 10, col. 6:
He who surrenders when he is wrong is wise. He who surrenders when he is right—is married. But he, too, is wise.

17 July 1914, Rockford (IL) Morning Star, “Starbeams” by Frank Lander, pg. 4, col. 5:
Who gives in when he’s wrong
Is wise, when harried,
But the man who gives in when he’s right
Is married.

Google News Archive
26 October 1929, The Daily Times (Beaver, PA), pg. 10, col. 6:
BOTH KNOW THEIR BUSINESS
The man who gives in when he is wrong is wise. The man who gives in when he’s right is married.—Florida Times-Union.

Google News Archive
17 November 1929, The Delmarvia Star (Wilmington, DE), pg. 15, col. 4:
Married Life
(From the Florida Times-Union)
The man who gives in when he is wrong is wise. The man who gives in when he’s right, is married.

Google News Archive
1 February 1932, Reading (PA) Eagle, pg. 14, col. 2:
CORRECT.
Orator—“The man who gives in when he is wrong is wise, but the man who gives in when he is right is --”
Voice—“Married.”—Vart Hem, Stockholm.

Google News Archive
28 November 1938, Prescott (AZ) Evening Courier, pg. 4, col. 2:
A MAN WHO GIVES IN WHEN he is wrong is wise, and a man who gives in when he is right is married.

Google News Archive
13 November 1940, Nashua (NH) Telegraph, pg. 7, col. 2:
A man who gives in when he is wrong is wise; a man who gives in when he is right is married.

Google News Archive
12 April 1948, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “What Am I Saying!” by Frank Morgan, pg. 13, col. 5
The man who gives in when he is wrong is wise; he who gives in when he is right is married.

Google News Archive
10 December 1962, Lakeland (FL) Ledger, “Today’s Chuckle,” pg. 1, col. 6:
A man who gives in when he’s wrong is wise. A man who gives in when he’s right is married.

Google News Archive
1 February 1979, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), “Quotes,” pg. 4, col. 6:
A man who gives in when he is wrong is wise; a man who gives in when he is right is married.—Aplington (Ia.) News.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 775:
The man who gives in when he is wrong, is wise; the man who gives in when he is right, is married.

Google Books
The Speaker’s Quote Book:
Over 4,500 Illustrations and Quotations for All Occasions

Edited by Roy B. Zuck
Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications
1997
Pg. 241:
A man who gives in when he is wrong is wise. A man who gives in when he is right is married.

The Frictionary
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016
The Frictionary # 644
Here is another page taken from The Frictionary:
(...)
5968.The man who yields when he’s wrong is sensible. The man who yields when he’s right is married. (Paul Morand)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, July 31, 2016 • Permalink