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 August 30, 2013
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life”

"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life” is a very popular quotation on Twitter. The quotation has been credited to American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) since 2005, but there is no evidence that Thoreau ever said it.

“My money helps me to enjoy and fully experience life” was cited in print in 1990.


Wikiquote: Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau (12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862) was an American writer and philosopher; born David Henry Thoreau.
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Misattributed
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
. No known citation.

Google Books
Out of Your Mind
By Dr. Virginia Foster and Rev. Arthur Hammons
Gretna, LA: Wellness Institute, Inc.
2000 (originally published 1990)
Pg. 115:
MY MONEY HELPS ME TO ENJOY AND FULLY EXPERIENCE LIFE.

Google Books
Positive Pursuit:
Principles for Personal and Spiritual Success

By Keith Brant
Victoria, BC: Trafford
2005
Pg. 161:
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
Henry David Thoreau

English 180—Canadian Literature
Lauren Transit says:
05/04/2005 at 7:54 pm
(...)
As Henry David Thoreau said:
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

Google Books
Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds:
Wisdom and Enlightenment of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer, Jr. 
Ann Arbor, MI: Loving Healing Press
2007
Pg. 147:
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” —Henry David Thoreau

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Friday, August 30, 2013 • Permalink