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 December 15, 2014
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”

"A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” is an inspirational saying that has been printed on many images, often with a credit to South African political leader Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). “Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit” was the famous tagline for the sports film Rudy (1993).

South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius wore a T-shirt in 2008 with a Mandela quote, “A winner is only a dreamer who hasn’t given up.” “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” is the usual form of the quote, but it’s not certain when Mandela ever said it. The first Twitter message to credit “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” with Nelson Mandela was on April 18, 2011.


Wikiquote: Rudy (film)
Rudy is a 1993 film about Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who had always been told that he was too small to play college football, and his quest to become a Notre Dame football player.
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Taglines
Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit.

2 July 2008, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA), “Amputee set for first Olympic qualifying race” (AP), pg. 3C, col. 6:
Pistorus wore a T-shirt with “Olympic Dream” emblazoned on the front, and a quote from Nelson Mandela on the back: “A winner is only a dreamer who hasn’t given up.”

Twitter
Jihane Khawam
‏@ChezMoi_Design
A winner is a dreamer who never quits
3:15 PM - 29 Apr 2009

Twitter
Sil
‏@Silvia4118
“A winner is only a dreamer who hasn’t given up” Nelson Mandela
4:39 AM - 9 Jul 2010

Twitter
Rössana
‏@rossanaver
“A winner is only a dreamer who did not surrender.” Nelson Mandela @cesc4official dream on wink
2:20 PM - 10 Mar 2011

Twitter
Huda Rimawi
‏@HudaRimawi
RT@EbaaRezeq90 #Vittorio said he wants his gravestones quote Mandela’s “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” Vittorio Arrigoni a winner
2:23 PM - 18 Apr 2011

The Star (Johannesburg, South Africa)
95 Mandela quotes to live by
July 18 2013 at 11:15am
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A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

Google Groups: Joe’s List
Fwd: Mandela: Memories of a South-Africa-Born Rabbi
Art Fabel
12/6/13
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In July, my sister Yda, a fabric artist who lives in Johannesburg, gave me a shirt she had designed with a quote from Mandela. It reads: “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

Google Books
The Lenzy Kelley Book of Sayings
By Bubba
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2014
Pg. 169:
A winner is a dreamer who never gives up. —Vin Diesel

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, December 15, 2014 • Permalink