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 March 16, 2018
“Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world”

A popular proverb is:

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

A joke variation has been printed on several images:

“Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.”

The origin of the saying is unknown. “Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world. - Cory Tomlinson” was posted on Twitter on November 28, 2011.


Twitter
✨Tricia Bennett ✨
@Tricia_Bennett
Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world. - Cory Tomlinson.
1:34 PM - 28 Nov 2011

Twitter
Jack Wilson
@jackwilsonn95
Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.
2:19 AM - 29 Nov 2011

Google Groups: uk.sport.football.clubs.liverpool
Precedent Set
Redman
12/21/11
(...)
Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a Bank
Give a man a Bank and he’ll rob the World

4 April 2012, Brattleboro (VT) Reformer, “Greed and the lottery.” pg. ?:
But greed makes people stupid. One of my new favorite sayings is give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank, give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world. Once again, it’s all greed based.

25 June 2012, The Daily Telegraph (London, UK), “Guy and Co elbow aside the clouds” by James Lachno, pg. 23:
Now they are in their midforties, and this anti-commercial spirit hasn’t been forgotten. Frontman Eddie Vedder, in jeans and a baggy shirt, could have been plucked straight from 1991. When he spoke to the crowd, it was with the same angst that had propelled the heyday of grunge.

“Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank; give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world,” he said at one point.

Reddit—Quotes
Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world. Unknown (self.quotes)
submitted May 21, 2015 by OB1_kenobi

Facebook
B. Dolan
August 17, 2015 ·
“Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank, give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.”

Google Books
Drax
By Ikenna Nwimo
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2017
Pp. 227-228:
‘Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world,’ Jacob said.

Reddit—Jokes
Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank,
submitted March 16, 2018 by theolaw
Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Friday, March 16, 2018 • Permalink