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

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Entry from December 05, 2011
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” is a saying that dates to at least 1953. The saying means that work leads to success; success doesn’t come without working for it. The saying has been very popular in business.

Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) is often given credit for the “success comes before work only in the dictionary” saying, but the saying had been well-known before Lombardi ever coached the Packers.


31 July 1953, Richardson (TX) Echo,"Moments," pg. 2, col.2:
Only in the dictionary will you find success coming before work.

Google News Archive
6 August 1954, Spokane (WA) Daily Chronicle,"You Betcha!,” pg.1, col.1:
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.

6 October 1955, Moulton (IA) Weekly Tribune, “Squirts and Squeaks from the Back Shop,” pg. 2, col. 5:
Success comes before work only in the dictionary.

Google Books
Fitting Yourself for Business
By Elizabeth Gregg MacGibbon
New York, NY: Gregg Pub. Division, McGraw-Hill
1955
Pg. 226:
Bear in mind that the dictionary is the only place where Success comes before Work.

Google Books
The Greatest Quotations of All-Time
By Anthony St. Peter
Xlibris Corporation
2010
Pg. 596:
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vince Lombardi

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • (0) Comments • Monday, December 05, 2011 • Permalink