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Entry from December 27, 2010
“Anyone who says money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop”

“Money can’t buy happiness” is a proverb that has been cited in English since at least 1821. There have been many jocular additions to the proverb. A 1967 newspaper comic showed two women shopping with the caption: “I suppose Father always says money can’t buy happiness simply because he doesn’t know where to shop!” The “know where to shop” proverb ending became popular in the mid-1980s, when it was put on T-shirts, bumper stickers and pillowcases.

Authorship of the humorous saying has often been credited to Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), but there’s no evidence that she ever said it. Actress Bo Derek was given authorship credit in the 1980s, but it appears likely that the saying had already been in widespread use. Tom Shivers was given authorship credit in 1992 and Gittel Hudnick in 2001, but there’s no documented evidence that either one coined or even popularized the saying.

Another popular variation of the proverb has been “Money can’t buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.”


Wiktionary: money can’t buy happiness
Proverb
money can’t buy happiness

1. Money can buy external things, but true happiness comes from inside.
Usage notes
Sometimes used ironically.

Wikiquote: French proverbs
L’argent ne fait pas le bonheur.
. Idiomatic translation: Money can’t buy happiness.
. Literal meaning: Money doesn’t make happiness.

Basic Funny Quotes
Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.
More funny Gertrude Stein quotes

12 October 1967, Springfield (MA) Union, “Tizzy” comic by Kate Osann, pg. 33, col. 4:
(Two women carrying shopping bags are talking—ed.)
“I suppose Father always says money can’t buy happiness simply because he doesn’t know where to shop!”

22 December 1985, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), sec. 6, pg. 2, col. 4:
“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.”—Anonymous

Google Books
Roast of the Town
By Joey Adams
New York, NY: Prentice Hall
1986
Pg. 18:
BO DEREK: “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.”

Google Books
16 June 1986, New York magazine, “Born to Shop” by Ellen Hopkins, pg. 45, col. 3:
“Didn’t someone once say, ‘Anyone who says money doesn’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop’?”

Google Books
How to Get lost and Found in Upgraded New Zealand
By John W McDermott and Bobbye Lee Hughes McDermott
Honolulu, HI: Orafa Pub. Co.
1987
Pg. 295:
O’Connell Street
“Whoever Said Money Can’t Buy Happiness Didn’t Know Where To Shop” is a popular bumper sticker in Hawaii. You can buy a lot of Happiness on O’Connell Street in Auckland.

Google Books
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said:
Many amusingly illuminated by antique etchings and line cuts

By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett, Columbine
1988
Pg. 223:
Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.
Unknown

Google Books
King of the Night:
The life of Johnny Carson

By Laurence Leamer
New York, NY: Morrow
1989
Pg. 376:
In December 1986 Joanna Carson walked into a Manhattan store and bought needlepoint pillowcases that read ANYONE WHO SAYS MONEY DOESN’T BUY HAPPINESS DOESN’T KNOW WHERE TO SHOP.

Google Books
Texasville
By Larry McMurtry
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1989
Pg. 80:
She wore a T-shirt that said, PEOPLE WHO THINK MONEY CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS DON’T KNOW WHERE TO SHOP.

Google Books
And I Quote:
The definitive collection of quotes, sayings, and jokes for the contemporary speechmaker

By Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans and Andrew Frothingham
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press
1992
Pg. 210:
People who say money can’t buy happiness just don’t know where to shop. — Tom Shivers

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From: (Diamond Dory Van)
Date: 13 Apr 2001 12:46:29 GMT
Local: Fri, Apr 13 2001 7:46 am
Subject: The Credit We Deserve (OT)

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.”
-- Gittel Hudnick

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • (1) Comments • Monday, December 27, 2010 • Permalink


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