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 October 15, 2009
“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future”

"Show me your friends and I will tell you what you are” is cited in print from at least 1828 and is said to be a Spanish proverb.

“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future” appears in print from only 1996.

Conservative political commentator Glenn Beck applied “Show me your friends (and I’ll show you your future)” to President Barack Obama in 2009, pointing out associates and “czars” with terrorist and communist histories.


Google Books
Domestic duties; or, Instructions to young married ladies, on the management of their households, and the regulation of their conduct in the various relations and duties of married life.
By Mrs. William Parkes, et al.
New York, NY: J. & J. Harper
1828
Pg. 25:
It has been said, ‘Show me your friends, and I will tell you what you are.’ We may apply this saying to our own use, and, by the qualities which we seek in our friends, we may uinveil to ourselves the bearings of our own characters.

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A year on the Punjab frontier, in 1848-49
Volume 1

By Sir Herbert Benjamin Edwardes
London: Richard Bentley
1851
Pg. X:
Reader, when looking at “my enemy” and “my ally,” forget the proverb, “Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you what you are!” and think of another that “appearances are deceitful.”

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26 October 1853, The Halleybury Observer (East India College), pg. 12:
Don’t think their information’s obtained from the stars, Sir,
Who say, “ Show me your friends and I’ll tell who you are, Sir !”

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The American gentleman’s guide to politeness and fashion; or, Familiar letters to his nephews, containing rules of etiquette, directions for the formation of character, etc., etc.,
By Margaret C. Conkling
New York, NY: Derby & jackson
1857
Pg. 333:
“Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you what you are,” is a pithy Spanish proverb.

Google News Archive
7 September 1962, Eugene (OR) Register-Guard, pg. 9A, col. 1:
Surely, you don’t place any stock in that saw about—“Show me your friends and I’ll tell you what you are”?

Google News Archive
14 November 1974, Village Voice, pg. 4, col. 4:
“Show me your friends and I’ll tell you what you are,” was his favorite saying when we were about to “discuss” in a derogatory tone my previous night’s activities with my friends.

Google Books
Maximizing your potential:
The keys to dying empty

By Myles Munroe
Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers
1996
Pg. 133: 
Show me your friends, and I will show you your future.

24 May 1997, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT):
He modifies it for the youths: “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”

3 April 1998, The Facts (Clute, TX), pg. 4A, col. 2:
Or they are coached by their peers and as the saying goes, show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.

Google Books
More Outrageous Ideas for Youth Ministry
By Todd Clark and Toby Clark
College Press Publishing Company
1999
Pg. 64: 
“Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.”

Glenn Beck - FOXNews.com
Show Me Your Friends...
Thursday, May 28, 2009
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Show me your friends and I will show you your future.” If that’s true, here’s the one thing: What can we learn about where we’re going from President Obama’s and ACORN’s friends?

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