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 17, 2018
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

26 September 1896, Daily Inter Mountain (Butte, MT), “He Knew Lincoln Well,” pg. 2, col. 4:
“‘Men of force,’ I answered, ‘can get on pretty well without books. They do their own thinking instead of adopting what other men think.’

“‘Yes,’ said Mr. Lincoln, ‘but books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.’”
(From “an eminent clergyman.”—ed.)

Chronicling America
20 January 1897, Wilmington (DE) Daily Republican, “Lincoln,” pg. 2, col. 4:
“‘Men of force,’ I answered, ‘can get on pretty well without books. They do their own thinking instead of adopting what other men think.’

“‘Yes,’ said Mr. Lincoln, ‘but books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new, after all.’”
(...)
-- New York Tribune.

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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren`t very new at all. by Abraham Lincoln
4:40 PM - 4 Mar 2008

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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. - Abraham Lincoln #quote
5:47 AM - 18 Jun 2018

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