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 November 27, 2012
“The trouble with doing something right the first time is nobody appreciates how difficult it was”

"The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult is was” is a popular one-line saying of unknown authorship. “We agree that the trouble with doing something right the first time is that no one appreciates how difficult it was” was cited in print in June 1968.


12 June 1968, Atchison (KS) Daily Globe, pg. 1, col. 1 (just beneath masthead):
We Agree That The Trouble With Doing Something Right The First Time Is That No One Appreciates How Difficult It Was

21 June 1968, The Daily Standard (Sikeston, MO), pg. 2, col. 2:
We agree that the trouble with doing something right the first time is that no one appreciates how difficult it was.

29 May 1975, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Line o’ Type,” pg. A2:
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

15 December 1975, Alton (IL) Telegraph, pg. B-12, col. 6 classified ad:
WOOFY SAYS:
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
WOOFF Realtors

3 March 1976, Frederick (MD) Post, pg. 1, right masthead:
Good morning!
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
Casino By-Line
Las Vegas, Nev.

Google News Archive
30 September 1976, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, Earl Wilson syndicated entertainment column, pt. 3, pg. 2, col. 6:
REMEMBERED QUOTE: “The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.”

Google Books
Dental Litigation
By William Otis Morris
Charlottesville, VA: Michie Co.
1977
Pg. 115:
“The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.” —Walt West

Google Books
A Treasury of Days:
365 thoughts on the art of living

By Dee Danner Barwick
Norwalk, CT: C.R. Gibson
1983
Pg. 69:
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
AL BERNSTEIN

Google Books
Murphy’s Law 2000:
What Else Can Go Wrong in the 21st Century?

By Arthur Bloch
New York, NY: Price Stern Sloan
1999
Pg. 4:
HAMPTON’S HOMILY:
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

Google Books
The Official Rules:
5,427 Laws, Principles, and Axioms to Help You Cope with Crises, Deadlines, Bad Luck, Rude Behavior, Red Tape, and Attacks by Inanimate Objects

New York, NY: Dover Publications
2013
By Paul Dickson
Pg. 187:
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
("Klein’s Conclusions” by Ken Klein.—ed.)

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, November 27, 2012 • Permalink