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 09, 2012
“Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty”

"Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty” has been credited to Mark Twain (the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemons, 1835-1910), but there’s no evidence that Twain ever wrote it. The saying is first cited in Leo Rosten’s Giant Book of Laughter (1985); Rosten credited Mark Twain for another quotation on the same page, but this saying was not attributed to any author.

The saying—always attributed to Mark Twain—has been printed in several books published in the 2000s.


Wikipedia: Leo Rosten
Leo Calvin Rosten (April 11, 1908 - February 19, 1997) was born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland) and died in New York City. He was a teacher and academic, but is best known as a humorist in the fields of scriptwriting, storywriting, journalism and Yiddish lexicography.

Google Books
Leo Rosten’s Giant Book of Laughter
By Leo Rosten
New York, NY: Bonanza Books: Distributed by Crown Publishers
1989, ©1985
Pg. 167 (Education):
The path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

Google Books
Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes
By Todd Harris Goldman
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Pub.
2001
Pg. 147:
Education: The path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
-- Mark Twain

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners:
Over 10,000 Gems of Wit and Wisdom, One-Linersand Wisecracks

By Geoff Tibballs
New York, NY: Carroll & Graff
2004
Pg. 178:
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
MARK TWAIN

Google Books
The Best Liberal Quotes Ever:
Why The Left Is Right

By William Martin
Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks
2004
Pg. 61:
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
-- Mark Twain

Google Books
The 2,320 Funniest Quotes:
The Most Hilarious Quips and One-Liners from AllGreatQuotes.com
By Tom Corr
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses
2011
Pg. 99:
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
-- Mark Twain

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • (0) Comments • Tuesday, October 09, 2012 • Permalink


An interesting quote. It has a deeper meaning. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by moving boxes gold coast  on  10/10  at  10:46 AM

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