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Entry from October 15, 2012
“You don’t get ulcers from what you eat; you get them from what’s eating you”

"You don’t get ulcers from what you eat; you get them from what’s eating you” is a jocular line that has been credited to Dr. Albert Cliffe since at least 1950 and to Austrian writer Vicki Baum (1888-1960) since at least 1952. Jack H. Lowe of the Sidney (NE) Telegraph was credited with the line in 1949.

Joseph Franklin Montague (1893-1974), a New York medical writer, wrote in his book, Broadway Stomach (1940):

“Ulcer of the stomach?” said one of my patients to me recently. “That’s what you get from what you eat, isn’t it, Doctor?”
“No,” I replied. “That’s not what you get from what you eat, but from what’s eating you.”


Dale Carnegie’s bestseller, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), credited Dr. Montague for saying, “You do not get stomach ulcers from what you eat. You get ulcers from what is eating you.”


Google Books
Broadway Stomach
By Joseph Franklin Montague
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1940
Pg. 45:
“Ulcer of the stomach?” said one of my patients to me recently. “That’s what you get from what you eat, isn’t it, Doctor?”

“No,” I replied. “That’s not what you get from what you eat, but from what’s eating you.”

Amazon.com
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
By Dale Carnegie
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1948
Pg. 25:
Dr. Joseph F. Montague, author of the book Nervous Stomach Trouble, says much the same thing. He says: “You do not get stomach ulcers from what you eat. You get ulcers from what is eating you.”

17 January 1949, Burlington (IA) Hawk-Eye, “Pi Crumbs” by Cort Klein, pg. 8, col. 6:
There’s an old saying that “you don’t get stomach ulcers from what you eat, you get them from what is eating you.”

1 May 1949, Sunday World-Herald (Omaha, NE), “Nebraska Scene: These Things to Fret About” by Robert Phipps, pg. 2C, col. 1:
CURIOSITY, confessed Jack H. Lowe in the Sidney Telegraph, is killing him.
(...)
SOME other remarks from Sidney’s able paragrapher:
(...)
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what’s eating you.

14 November 1949, Long Beach (CA) , “‘Gems” Gleaned From Columnists,” pg. 10, col. 6:
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what’s eating you.—Telegraph, Sidney, Neb.

Google Books
Journal of Physical Education
Volumes 48-51
1950
Pg. 71:
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat, but from what’s eating you. — Dr. Albert Cliffe

5 August 1951, Boston (MA) Sunday Herald, pg. 1, col. 5:
Today’s Chuckle
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what’s eating you.
Yours Truly

Google News Archive
26 July 1952, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, “How to Be a Happy Woman” by Ardis Whitman, pg. 16, cols. 6-7:
“You don’t get ulcers from what you eat,” cracks Jack H. Lowe in his column in the Sidney, Nerbaska, Telegraph, “you get them from what’s eating you.”

Google News Archive
26 August 1952, Oxnard (CA) Press-Courier, pg. 10, col. 7:
Candid Comment
You do not get ulcers from what you eat— it’s from what’s eating you!— Wall Street Journal.

Google News Archive
21 November 1952, The Canadian Jewish Chronicle, “Our Film Folk” by Leon Gutterman, pg. 13, col. 2:
Vicki Baum: “You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what’s eating you.”

4 December 1966, Chicago (IL) Tribune,"They Said It,” sec. 10, pg. B18A:
“You don’t get ulcers from what you eat,” says Joan Rivers, “but from what s eating you.”

Google Books
The Speaker’s Quote Book:
Over 5,000 Illustrations and Quotations for All Occasions

By Roy B. Zuck
Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic & Professional
2009
Pg. 553:
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what’s eating you. —Vicki Baum

Forbes.com
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat, but from what’s eating you.
-- Albert Cliffe

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Monday, October 15, 2012 • Permalink


Your post never seems to come out of interesting quotes and phrases. I enjoyed reading it.

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