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 January 25, 2017
“The tassel’s worth the hassle”

"The tassel’s worth the hassle” is an education saying that has been printed on many GIFs. The saying means that graduation (of which the tassel is a symbol) is worth all the hassles and hard work to achieve it.

“Tassel is worth the hassle” was popularized by Christian author and speaker Robert H. Schuller (1926-2015), who used this as a chapter title in his book The 10 Best Messages (1977).


Wikipedia: Robert H, Schuller
Robert Harold Schuller (September 16, 1926 – April 2, 2015) was an American Christian televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author.

In his five decades of television, Schuller was principally known for the weekly Hour of Power television program, which he began hosting in 1970 until his retirement in 2010. Schuller began broadcasting the program from the Neutra Sanctuary, with the encouragement of longtime friend Billy Graham after Schuller visited him in 1969. He was also the founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, where the Hour of Power program was later broadcast.

OCLC WorldCat record
The 10 best messages
Author: Robert Schuller
Publisher: Garden Grove, CA : Hour of Power, 1977.
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Contents: Tassel is worth the hassle --

27 May 1979, Seattle (WA) , pg. 8TV, col. 2:
Hour of Power (11): Robert Schuller’s guest is Della Reese. The message is “The Tassel is Worth the Hassle.”

Google Books
Title The Tassel is Worth the Hassle
Author Delron Shirley
Publisher Delron Shirley, 1994
Length 69 pages

28 July 2007, News-Star (Monroe, LA), “The TASSEL’S worth the HASSLE!” by Chris Day, pg. B1”
The temperature rose Friday morning outside the new Grambling State University Assembly Center as the feet of 140 graduates pounded the metal bleachers inside.

OCLC WorldCat record
The tassel is worth the hassle : wit and wisdom for the graduate
Author: Anne Riekenberg
Publisher: Kansas City [Mo.] : Andrews McMeel, ©2008.
Edition/Format: Print book : English : 1st ed

WordReference.com
The tassel was worth the hassle
max63, Jun 30, 2009
Given this: Tassels, or liripipes, are also found on mortarboards during university graduation ceremonies and possibly upon the shoes of the graduates at the ceremony. Near the conclusion of the graduation ceremony the tassel that hangs from the graduate’s mortarboard is moved from the right to the left. Typically the entire graduating class does this in unison
I suppose that it means that the effort to obtain graduation (symbolized by the tassel) was worth the effort. In italian we could say “il gioco vale la candela”

Twitter
blackkelsey
‏@blackkelsey
“The tassel’s worth the hassle!” - * Unknown Author http://tumblr.com/xu24jt9zp
4:20 PM - 8 Dec 2009

Yahoo! Answers
June 24, 2011
What is the meaning of “The tassel’s worth the hassle!” ?
Best Answer: Graduating from school is worth all of the work it takes to get there

Twitter
Nevada State HS
‏@NevadaStateHS
#TBT to graduation 2016. The tassel was worth the hassle 😄🎓 🏆
#NevadaStateHS #YourNextGreatChoice
6:34 PM - 19 Jan 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 • Permalink