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 April 26, 2012
“I can please only one person per day; today is not your day; tomorrow’s not looking good either”

A popular office saying is “I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow’s not looking good, either.” The saying is often attributed to the Dilbert comic strip by Scott Adams, but there’s no evidence to support this.

“I can only please one person a day, and today ain’t your day” has been cited in print since at least September 1997.


Not So Old Proverbs
I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day.
Tomorrow’s not looking good either.

22 September 1997, Dayton (OH) Daily News, “One Liners,” pg. 6B:
“I can only please one person a day, and today ain’t your day.”

2 December 1997, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “Fax gives words of wisdom from modest authors across country” by Dick Cady, pg. D1:
TODAY IS NOT YOUR DAY. TOMORROW DOESN’T LOOK GOOD EITHER. Pretty good sign. A sign of the times, you might say. Wonder who wrote it.

New York (NY) Times
Metropolitan Diary
By Enid Nemy with Ron Alexander
Published: May 18, 1998
(...)
The man who wrote this sign on his delivery hand-cart may be a curmudgeon, but he leaves more than a few passers-by with smiles. The sign: ‘’I can only please one person a day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn’t look so good either.’’

15 January 1999, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, “Dentist’s visit was laughable” by Bill Kirby, pg. C1, col. 1:
I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either.
-- Dilbert

15 February 1999, The Carillon (Steinbach, Manitoba), pg. 5C, col. 4:
On a fridge plaque: “I can only please one person a day; today is not your day—tomorrow does not look good either!”

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1001 Internet Jokes:
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By D. M. Schwab
San Jose, CA: IUniverse.com
2001
Pg. 75:
WORDS TO LIVE BY I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • (1) Comments • Thursday, April 26, 2012 • Permalink


The man who wrote this sign on his delivery hand-cart may be a curmudgeon, but he leaves more than a few passers-by with smiles. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by conditioning indianapolis  on  06/04  at  11:01 PM

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