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 July 12, 2017
“Confucius Say—Student who study history, will find there is no future in it”

"Confucius Say—Student who study history, will find there is no future in it” is a one-line saying that has been printed on an image. The jocular saying is modern and is not from the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 BC-479 BC).

“GRAFFITI FOR THE WEEK: Why study history? There’s no future in it” was published in a 1969 newspaper. “Confucius Say - Student who study history, will find there is no future in it” was posted on Twitter on May 19, 2009.


Wikipedia: Confucius
Confucius(/kənˈfjuːʃəs/; September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

4 December 1969, The Call (Schuylkill Haven, PA), “Thunderation” by Laurel and Sheila, pg. 3, col. 2:
GRAFFITI FOR THE WEEK: Why study history? There’s no future in it.

14 May 1970, Hamburg (IA) Reporter, “Graffiti board,” pg. 10, col. 7:
Why study history? There’s no future in it.

Google Groups: alt.quotations
History Quotes
earhar...@bvc.edu
4/1/94
(...)
“Don’t study history , there’s no future in it."(Original, or so I think), then upon being asked why I study history: “It’s an expanding field.  Literally every day there’s more of it.”

Greg Earhart
Historian turned future-policy analist, cause 600 applicants for one job is
too much for me (especially when spelling counts).

30 March 2002, Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT), “Jumble” by Henri Arnold and Michael Argirion, pg. B5, col. 8:
Answer: He refused to study history because he said there’s—NO “FUTURE” IN IT

facts around us
Sunday, September 30, 2007
A quick laugh for 5 mins
Teacher: History is a very interesting subject. It tells you about what
had happened in the past.
Student: Please teacher, I don’t think I want to study history.
Teacher: Why?
Student: There is no future in it.

Twitter
Johny Farrar‏
@johnyfav
History Degree at university. There’s no future in it.
4:48 AM - 29 May 2008

Twitter
Chip Clark‏
@Chipotle
Yes, I majored in history, but I changed majors when I realized there was no future in it.
12:07 AM - 31 Jul 2008

Twitter
UnlockPhone.Codes‏
@unlockmy
Confucius Say - Student who study history, will find there is no future in it.
6:06 PM - 19 May 2009

Google Books
Managing the Future:
A Guide to Forecasting and Strategic Planning in the 21st Century

By Stephen M. Millett
Devon, UK: Triarchy Press
2011
Pg. 1:
When I was a graduate student in history at Ohio State some 40 years ago, I saw a cartoon that in effect asked: Why study history? There’s no future in it!

History Answers
10 great quotations about history
25th June 2014 By Frances White
(...)
8. “Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius

Twitter
aled edwards‏
@aledmedwards
Replying to @CihrWisdom @MHendr1cks
I didn’t study history in college - there was no future in it.
9:36 PM - 7 Sep 2016

Twitter
BoneHammer‏
@JPMachado65
Replying to @petenajarian
“Student who study history will find there is no future in it.” Confucius
8:55 AM - 19 Mar 2017

Reddit—Jokes
My friend studies history in college
submitted July 13, 2017 by czmhdk
I told him there’s no future in it.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 • Permalink