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 February 13, 2017
“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it”

"You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it” is a one-line saying that has been printed on many images. New York-based stand-up comedian Henny Youngman (1906-1998) is usually credited with the saying, but it’s uncertain when—or if—he said it.

“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. - Henny Youngman” was printed in a 2000 newspaper. Henny Youngman said similar lines, such as “It’s true, money can’t buy love, but it puts you in a good bargaining position” (1976) and “Money may not buy love, but it sure can add zest to the shopping” (1998).


Wikipedia: Henny Youngman
Henry “Henny” Youngman (original Yiddish surname Yungman; 16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998) was an American comedian and violinist famous for his mastery of the “one-liner”. His best known one-liner was “Take my wife ... please”.

12 February 1976, Burlington (NC) Times-News, “Valentine’s Bouquet” by Paul Steiner (Women’s News Service), pg. 5A, col. 4:
Comic Henny Youngman insists: “It’s true, money can’t buy love, but it puts you in a good bargaining position.”

6 December 1998, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), “The Color of Money” by Chris Knap, pg. K1:
“Money may not buy love, but it sure can add zest to the shopping.”—Henny Youngman.

14 February 2000, Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), “Better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall,” pg. D1, col. 3:
You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. - Henny Youngman

December 2001, Men’s Health, “The 100 best things ever said by men” by Mark Bricklin, pg. 119:
“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. --Henny Youngman

Google Books
Still Single?:
You Don’t Have to Be!

By Casey Maxwell Clair
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin
2003, ©2002
Pg. 98:
You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. — HENNY YOUNGMAN

Google Books
Quotes, Jokes & Anecdotes:
How to spend two hours chuckling

By Gerard O’Boyle
Leicestershire: Matador
2012
Pg. 123:
You can’t buy love but you can pay heavily for it.
Henry Youngman

Google Books
Money and Wealth:
A Book of Quotations

Edited by Joslyn Pine
Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.
2013
Pg. 165:
You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it
Henny Youngman (190601998), American comedian and violinist

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Monday, February 13, 2017 • Permalink