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 29, 2015
“He who kills time murders opportunity”

“He who kills time, murders opportunity’’ has been cited in print since at least 1898. Authorship is unknown.

Frederick H. Seymour is sometimes credited as the author, but it’s not known who this is or when he said it.


8 December 1898, Lebanon (IN) Patriot, pg. 3, col. 1 ad:
“He who kills time, murders opportunity’’
(...)
The Oak Drug Store

Google Books
16 June 1906, The Indez, pg. 8, col. 1:
He who kills time murders opportunity.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
19 July 1906, Bolivar (NY) Breeze, “Little Blizzards” (From the Oil City Blizzard), pg. 8, col. 5:
The man who kills time murders opportunity.

6 December 1911, Tulsa (OK) Daily World, pg. 6, col. 1:
“He who kills time murders opportunity.”

Chronicling America
18 July 1912, The Capital Journal (Salem, OR), pg. 2, col. 6:
He who kills time murders opportunity.

Google Books
March 1913, The Fra, pg. 59, col. 1:
He who kills time murders opportunity.

Google Books
Phillips’ Treasury of Humorous Quotations
By Bob Phillips
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
2004
Pg. 253:
Who kills time murders opportunity. — Frederick H. Seymour

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Lessons from Sunday School on Maximising Your Time: “Who kills time murders opportunity” H. Seymour
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, December 29, 2015 • Permalink