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 May 30, 2015
“Don’t reach for the stars. They are extremely hot and will incinerate you”

People in the performing arts are often told to reach for the stars. The expression “reach for the stars” does not, of course, mean reaching for actual stars. “Don’t reach for the stars! They are white hot balls of plasma! Your Hands will BURN RIGHT OFF! Instead, Reach for your pencil and pen! DRAW!” was cited on Twitter on July 27, 2011. “Don’t reach for the stars. They are super hot and will burn your hands off” was cited on Twitter on July 31, 2012.

“Don’t reach for the stars. They are extremely hot and will incinerate you” was cited on Twitter on June 4, 2014. This form of the expression quickly became popular.


Twitter
Jason Rainey
‏@jraineyesq
Don’t reach for the stars! They are white hot balls of plasma! Your Hands will BURN RIGHT OFF! Instead, Reach for your pencil and pen! DRAW!
4:40 PM - 27 Jul 2011

Twitter
internetprofessional
‏@upso
Don’t reach for the stars. They are super hot and will burn your hands off.
6:33 PM - 31 Jul 2012

Twitter
ag
‏@AlexisJGallardo
Don’t reach for the stars. They are giant balls of fiery gas. Waste of time.
Bay Shore, NY
8:17 PM - 25 Apr 2013

Twitter
Mia Fieldes
‏@miafieldes
Don’t reach for the stars. They are extremely hot and will incinerate you. You’re welcome.
9:54 PM - 4 Jun 2014

Twitter
Robert J. Szczerba
‏@RJSzczerba
Words of wisdom: Please don’t reach for the stars. They are extremely hot and will incinerate you.
6:29 AM - 9 Jun 2014

Facebook
Queen Moon
January 16, 2015
Don’t reach for the stars. They are extremely hot and will incinerate you.

Twitter
Lance Olson
April 28, 2015
Don’t reach for the stars. They are extremely hot and will incinerate you.

Twitter
JRD BRNDN
‏@jsandersaug
Don’t reach for the stars. They are extremely hot and will almost certainly incinerate you. #bruh
3:50 PM - 29 May 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Saturday, May 30, 2015 • Permalink