"I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as bumper stickers and posters. The sayin has been cited in print since the 1980s and is of unknown authorship.
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left. —R. E . Atkinson, Pittsburgh
18 July 1989, The Hawk Eye (IA), Bob Wilson column, pg. 3A, col. 6:
He (Bill Gullberg of Stronghurst—ed.) concludes his memories with a line that far outshines “I’ve got plenty of nothin’”: “I went through the ‘30s with nothing and still have most of it left.”
26 June 1993, Charlotte (NC) Observer, “Gardener witnesses a lot from observation post,” pg. 2C:
A sign reads: “I Started Out With Nothing and I Still Have Most of It Left.”
Toby Corkindale tjcorkin at steadycom.com.au
Fri Jun 11 14:00:26 CST 1999
..I started out with nothing...and I still have most of it left
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.
Yada, Yada, Yada.Com.Org.Edu.Gov.Email:
What I Learned on the Www/Internet
By Joan E. Miller
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc.
4. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.
2 August 2000, Washington (DC) Post, “Voila! The Funniest T-Shirts of 2000” by Bob Levey, pg. C11:
Started Out with Nothing and Still Have Most of It Left--Melanie Webb, of Alexandria.
By Michelle Holman
Auckland, NZ: HarperCollins
She wore her Coco-The-Clown pants and a T-shirt that read I Started With Nothing And Still Have Most Of It Left.
Defender of Faith and Freedom
By Gladys Titzck Rhoads and Nancy Titzck Anderson
Xulon Press (xulonpress.com)
He could have hung this plaque on the wall: “I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.”
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