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Entry from June 07, 2017
“Needing insurance is like needing a parachute…”

An insurance saying—sometimes jocularly attributed to Confucius— that has been printed on many images is:

“Confucius Say: Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.”

The insurance saying has been cited in print since at least 2003.


25 April 2003, The Collingwood Connection; (Collingwood, ON), “Irene’s adventures in Insuranceland; The Perils of Irene” by Irene McLeod, pg. 12:
Confucius Say: Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.

Google Books
Let’s Get Real About Money!:
Profit from the Habits of the Best Personal Finance Managers

By Eric Tyson
Upper Saddle River, NJ: FT Press
2008
Pg. ?:
“Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.”

Twitter
Munson & Clifton Ins‏
@munsonclifton
Needing life insurance is like needing a parachute....... if it isn’t there the first time.......chances are you… http://bit.ly/t1H6b
3:59 PM - 21 Oct 2009

Google Books
Smarter Than Me
By Edward Wright
Livingston, TX: River House Publishing
2011
Pg. 99:
Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.

9 December 2014, LifeHealthPro, “20 of the best insurance jokes” by Lynette Gil:
5. Confucius says…
“Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.”

Facebook
Volkswagen Finance Pvt. Ltd.
October 24, 2016 ·
“Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.” -Confucius

Twitter
HD Insurance‏
@InsuranceHd
Needing insurance is like needing a parachute; if it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.
11:16 AM - 31 May 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Wednesday, June 07, 2017 • Permalink