"Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now” is a popular saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as posters and T-shirts. The Blondie comic strip, on July 2, 1994, showed Dagwood Bumstead avoiding his chores. Blondie Bumstead said, “Remember, hard work pays off in the end.” Dagwood replied, “It’s true what she says. But laziness pays of right now!”
“Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW!” became a bumper sticker saying by at least December 1996.
2 July 1994, Aiken (SC) Standard, “Blondie” comic strip, pg. 4B, col. 1:
Wife (Blondie): HONEY, THE YARD NEEDS A LOT OF WORK
Wife (Blondie): REMEMBER, HARD WORK PAYS OF IN THE END
Husband (Dagwood): IT’S TRUE WHAT SHE SAYS
Husband (Dagwood): BUT LAZINESS PAYS OFF RIGHT NOW!
24 December 1996, Titusville (PA) Herald, “Simon Says” by Roger Simon, pg. 4, col. 5:
BEST OF THE BUMPER STICKERS
“Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW!”
21 November 1997, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, “Timing is everything when seeking that raise” by Jerry Berger, pg. A2:
“Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW”; ...
2 December 1997, Charlotte (NC) Observer, Living, pg. 3E:
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
My Life as a Fifth-Grade Comedian
By Elizabeth Levy
Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books
“Hard work has a future payoff, but laziness pays off now.”
“You got that from the Internet,” said Mr. Matous, sounding irritated. “I read it on an exchange of one-liners.”
Leon Schuster’s Lekker, Thick South African Joke Book
By Leon Schuster
Halfway House, South Africa: Zebra
Pg. 67 (bumper stickers):
Hard work pays off in the long run. Laziness pays off now!
13 November 1998, Chicago (IL) Sun-Times, pg. 64:
“PROCRASTINATION: Hard Work Often Pays Off After Time, But Laziness Always Pays Off Now.”
The Greatest Joke Book Ever
By Mel Greene
New York, NY: Avon Books
Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.
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