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 January 16, 2011
“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker”

American poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971) published “Random Reflections” in The New Yorker magazine on August 8, 1930, and this became, perhaps, his most famous poem:

“ON ICE-BREAKING
Candy
Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.”


The “ice-breaking” means mingling with a favored sex. “Candy is dandy, but wine is divine” is a related saying.


Wikipedia: Ogden Nash
Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet well known for his light verse, of which he wrote over 500 pieces. With his unconventional rhyming schemes, he was declared the country’s best-known producer of humorous poetry.

Wikiquote: Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash (19 August 1902 – 19 May 1971) was an American poet.

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Candy
Is Dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.
. “Reflections on Ice-Breaking” in Hard Lines (1931); this statement is often misattributed to Dorothy Parker.

12 August 1930, Alton (IL) Evening Telegraph, “Something Old/New/Sunny/True” by Schaefer O’Neill, pg. 4, col. 2:
Ogden Nash has some very clever “RANDOM REFLECTIONS” in the New Yorker of August 8......
(...)
ON ICE-BREAKING
Candy
Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

Google Books
Candy is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash
Andre Deutsch, 1994 - Poetry - 407 pages
A bumper volume of the best poems by a hugely funny and quotable writer.

The New Yorker
Eighty-Five from the Archive: Ogden Nash
By Erin Overbey May 21, 2010
(...)
The critic Louis Untermeyer once said of Ogden Nash that his poetry “is interesting to brows of all altitudes.” Nash, a master of light verse, contributed three hundred and twenty-nine poems to The New Yorker between 1930 and 1971. His whimsical verses were known for their puns and creative misspellings, and his satirical views on human foibles attracted a mass readership in the thirties and forties. Best known for lines like “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker,” Nash connected with Americans partly because his poetry, playful as it was, remained grounded in everyday concerns. He was fond of calling himself a “worsifier” instead of “versifier,” but as a critic for the Times Literary Supplement observed,> It would be a mistake to think of Ogden merely as a funnyman; like Mr. Thurber, he has a Democritean streak which entitles him to the respect due to a philosopher, albeit a laughing one.

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