A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 10, 2016
“Money frees you from doing things you dislike”

The Associated Press reported about New York-born comedian and actor and You Bet Your Life game show host Groucho Marx (1990-1997) during a visit to New York City in March 1958, when Marx said:

“I never worry. I saved my money. Money ‘is a good thing to have. It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

The line has been frequently quoted, usually as: “Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy. “


Wikipedia: Groucho Marx
Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian and film and television star. He was known as a master of quick wit and is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era His rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers and imitators.

He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life.

3 March 1958, The Times Record (Troy, NY), “Groucho Invades New York City” by Charles Mercer (AP), pg 6, col. 3:
“I’m not worried (about losing a sponsor—ed.),” Groucho said. “I never worry. I saved my money. Money ‘is a good thing to have. It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

12 October 1977, Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News, “Quotes,” pg. A4, col. 2:
“Money is a good thing to have, fl frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”—Groucho Marx

Google Books
The Marriage and Family Experience (Second Edition)
By Bryan Strong
St. Paul, MN: West Pub. Co.
1983
Pg. 163:
Money is a good thing to have. It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
GROUCHO MARX

Google Books
The Quotable Quote Book
By Merrit Malloy and Shauna Sorensen
New York, NY: Carol Pub. Group
1990
Pg. 190:
Money is a good thing to have. It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
Groucho Marx

16 November 1997, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “‘Buy Nothing Day’ Not a Great Deal” by Dale Dauten, pg. 7:
Which gets us back to the question we need to ask more often, “Just what is important?” Groucho Marx said this about his wealth: “Money is a good thing to have. It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

Google Books
The Psychology of Money
By Adrian Furnham and Michael Argyle
New York, NY: Routledge
1998
Pg. 177:
Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
Groucho Marx

Google Books
9 October 2000, Forbes magazine, pg. 38:
Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.—GROUCHO MARX

14 June 2002, August (GA) , “So far this year, vacations have been smooth sailing” by Bill Kirby, pg. 1B, col. 2:
Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
-- Groucho Marx

Google Books
The Quotable Intellectual:
1,417 Bon Mots, Ripostes, and Witticisms for Aspiring Academics, Armchair Philosophers,..And Anyone Else WHo Wants to Sound Really Smart

By Peter Archer
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2010
Pg. 155:
“Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.” —GROUCHO MARX

Google Books
The Truth About Money 4th Edition
By Ric Edelman
New York, NY: Harper Business
2010
Pg. 58:
“Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.” — Groucho Marx

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Groucho Marx: Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
8:53 PM - 10 Jan 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Sunday, January 10, 2016 • Permalink