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 June 30, 2017
“There are more important things than money, but they won’t date you if you don’t have any”

"There are more important things than money, but they won’t date you if you don’t have any” is a jocular line about money and dating that has been cited in print since at least 1962. Authorship is unknown.

“IS MONEY the most important thing in life, Woody Allen?...’No. There are more important things than money. The only problem is they won’t date you if you don’t have any’” was cited in print in 1982. However, Brooklyn-born comedian, film director and actor Woody Allen is unlikely to have originally said the line without any credit in print until 20 years later.


Google Books
Oral Hygiene
Volume 52
1962
Pg. 98:
There are more important things than money, but they won’t date you if you don’t have any.

19 November 1970, Echoes-Sentinel (Warren Township, NJ), “Wrapping It Up,” The Family Shopping & Entertainment Guide, pg. 7, col. 8:
There are more important things than money, but they won’t date you if you don’t have any.

16 September 1972, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Sidelights on Sports” by Al Abrams, pg. 8, col. 1:
Bob Goddard, St. Louis scribe, put down: “There are more important things than money but they won’t date you if you don’t have any!”

22 May 1982, Boston (MA) Herald American, “The Paul Sullivan” column, pg. B8, cols. 4-5:
IS MONEY the most important thing in life, Woody Allen?..."No. There are more important things than money. The only problem is they won’t date you if you don’t have any.”

2 August 1982, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, “A Street Named Desire” by Larry Fields, pg. 27, col. 4:
It’s Woody Allen’s observation: “There are more important things in life than money. Trouble is they won’t date you if you don’t have any.”

9 August 1982, Vineland (NJ) Times Journal, “Celebrity Cipher,” pg. 13, col. 7:
PREVIOUS SOLUTION: “There are more important things in life than money. The only problem is they won’t date you if you don’t have any.—Woody Allen

Google Books
Roast of the Town
By Joey Adams
New York, NY: Prentice Hall
1986
Pg. 188:
There are more important things than money — but women won’t date you if you don’t have any.

Google Books
It’s a Man’s World:
800 Jokes from the Guy’s (Warped) Point of View

New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
2005
Pg. 137:
There are more important things than money, but they won’t date you if you don’t have any. — Henny Youngman

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There are more important things than money, but they won’t date you if you don’t have any
11:22 AM - 25 Jan 2010

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There are more important things than money, but they won’t date you if you don’t have any @FizzyDuck #joke or reality?
9:13 AM - 30 Jan 2010

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