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 July 07, 2011
“You can’t take it with you”

You Can’t Take It with You is the title of a 1937 comedic Broadway play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The concept that one cannot take worldly riches into the next world probably cannot be dated, but the phrase “you can’t take it with you” has been cited in print since at least 1836.


Wikipedia: You Can’t Take It with You
You Can’t Take It with You is a comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The original production of the play opened at the Booth Theater on December 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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The Yale Book of Quotations
Editedby Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
2006
Pg. 76 (Bible):
“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
1 Timothy 6:7
Pg. 620 (Proverbs):
“You can’t take it with you.”
Frederick Marryat, Masterman Ready (1841)

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June 1836, The Southern Literary Journal and Monthly Magazine, pg. 253:
“i know all that,” answered Fred, “but you can’t take it with you.”

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July 1855, Frank Leslie’s New York Journal, pg. 27, col. 3:
“Come,’’ added the speaker, in a coaxing tone, “you may just as well let us know where it is — you can’t take it with you: it will save a great deal of trouble after you are gone!”

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The Widow Goldsmith’s Daughter
By Julie P. Smith
Hartford, CT: S.W. Barrows
1870
Pg. 423:
‘Oh well, Tom,’ replied the lawyer, ‘what’s the use; you can’t take it with you when you die, and if you could it would all melt.’

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