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 September 28, 2010
“When all is said and done, more is said than done”

"When/After all is said and done, more is said than done” has been credited to football coach Lou Holtz (born 1937), but the expression was known before he was born. The saying is often applied to Congress or a state legislature or a city council, when much is said and little is done.

“The more that’s said and done...the more is said than done” is cited in print since at least 1922. In 1924, the expression was applied to the federal government in Washington: “After all is said and done the trouble in Washington right now is more is being said than done.”


Wikiquote: Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz (born January 6, 1937, in Follansbee, West Virginia) is a former NCAA football head coach, and is currently an author and a motivational speaker who has spoken to the likes of Fortune 500 companies on topics such as the importance of teamwork and goal setting.
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. When all is said and done, usually more is said than done.

26 October 1922, Albuquerque (NM) Journal, “By the Way,” pg. 10:
The more that’s said and done in this country about preventing national strikes the more is said than done.

Google News Archive
15 April 1924, Cape Girardeau (MO) Southeast Missourian, pg. 8, col. 4:
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After all is said and done the trouble in Washington right now is more is being said than done.

1 May 1946, New Orleans (LA) Times-Picayune, “Dieting Is Easier Said Than Done, But It Gets Results” by Ida Jean Kane, pg. 18, col. 5:
After all is said and done about dieting, more is said than done.

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11 March 1947, Miami (FL) News, “Tone Up to Slim Down” by Ida Jean Kane, pg. 11A, col. 3:
After all is said and done about calisthenics more is said than done.

15 May 1951, Springfield (MA) Union, “Today’s Chuckle,” pg. 1, col. 3:
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
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21 January 1954, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “In the Wake of the News” by David Condon, pt. 4, pg. B1: 
When all is said and done usually more was said than done.

18 August 1954, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “The Impudent Side,” pt. 1, pg. 16:
Again, when all is said and done, this year’s political campaign doubtless will result in a good deal more being said than done.

2 March 1955, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Cityside” by Gene Sherman, pg. 2:
Pueblo Pete Opines: After all is said and done, amigo, there is more said than done.

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23 April 1956, Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review, “Fish Story!,” pg. 1, col. 3:
And when the fish stories start getting bigger and bigger and the distance between the hands on outstretched arms gets wider and wider, just remember the old saw—after all is said and done more is usually said than done.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Tuesday, September 28, 2010 • Permalink