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 June 24, 2015
“‘I must do something’ will always solve more problems than ‘Something must be done‘“

“‘I must do something’ will always solve more problems than ‘Something must be done’” is a saying that has been printed on posters. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1971 and is of unknown authorship.


Google News Archive
24 June 1971, Carlisle (IA) Citizen, pg. 2, col. 2:
“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “Something must be done.”

3 February 1972, The Williamson County Sun (Georgetown, TX), “Liberty Hill News” by Howard Wilson, sec. 2, pg. 1, col. 6:
It is wisely written that, “I must do something” will always solve more problems than “something must be done.”

Google News Archive
20 September 1973, Daily News (Bowling Green, KY), pg. 23, col. 1 ad:
WARREN COUNTY REALTY COMPANY
“I must do something” will always solve more problems than, “Something must be done”.

Google Books
Total Life Prosperity
By Lanson Ross
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers
1982
Pg. 144:
“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “Something must be done.”

Google Books
Words for All Occasions
By Glenn Van Ekeren
Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall
1988
Pg. 27:
“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “Something must be done.”
Anonymous

Google News Archive
20 February 1994, Ocala (FL) Star-Banner, pg. 2E, col. 6 ad:
“If you think about it, the I must do something attitude will always solve more problems than the something must be done attitude.”
(...)
OCALA/MARION COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
(The quote is from Fred Tyrrell, Association president.—ed.)

Google News Archive
4 September 1999, Wilmington (NC) Morning Star, “Property Lines” by Danny Brock, pg. 1E, col. 1:
If you think about it, the I-must-do-something attitude will always solve more problems than the something-must-be-done attitude.

Google Books
Business Wit & Wisdom
By Richard Zera
Washington, DC: Beard Books
2005
Pg. 128:
“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “Something must be done.”

Google Books
Start the Day:
Words of Hope and Inspiration

By Rev Danny Benfield
Bloomington, IN: CrossBooks
2012
Pg. 2:
“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “Something must be done.” ~ anonymous

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • Permalink