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 25, 2018
“Abstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practiced in moderation”

"Abstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practiced in moderation” is a popular drinking saying of unknown authorship. The saying was said to be “from an old Irish folklore” in the Hartford (CT) Daily Courant on April 17, 1947.


17 April 1947, Hartford (CT) Daily Courant, “Feminine Topics” (ad), pg. 13, col. 5:
“Abstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practiced in moderation”—from an old Irish folklore.

15 April 1977, The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), “Pepper...and Salt,” pg. 14, col. 1:
Sign Language
Posted over the bar in a neighborhood saloon: “Abstinence Is a Good Thing, but Should Be Practiced in Moderation.”
-- Dan Janson.

Google Books
Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations
By Peter McDonald
Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
2004
Pg. 3:
Anonymous
Abstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practised in moderation.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
By Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson, Ltd
2004
Pg. ?:
Abstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practised in moderation.

Google Books
Beer is the Answer...I Don’t Remember the Question:
And Over 1,000 Other Bar Jokes, Quotes and Cartoons

By Ray Foley
Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.
2007
Pg. 164:
ÔÇťAbstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practiced in moderation.”—Anonymous

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Urban Ray Mears
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“Abstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practised in moderation” post card on wall in the film “Moon”
2:20 PM - 6 Jul 2010

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Abstinence is a good thing, but it should always be practised in moderation.
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#quotations #quotes
5:54 PM - 23 Apr 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 • Permalink