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 14, 2017
“If at first you don’t succeed, we have a lot in common”

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is a popular American poem verse from the 1830s. The verse has many joke endings that replace “try, try again.”

“If at first you don’t succeed, we have a lot in common” was posted on Twitter on September 13, 2014.

American film comedian W. C. Fields (1880-1946) is attributed with this take on the saying: “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” Other variations include “If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average,” “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried,” “If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success,” “If at first you don’t succeed, try management,” “If at first you don’t succeed, try two more times so your failure is statistically significant, “If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving isn’t for you,” “If at first you don’t succeed, try left field” (baseball adage) and “Cooking Rule: If at first you don’t succeed, order pizza.”


The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred. R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
2006
Pg. 578:
Thomas H.Palmer
U.S. author, 1782-1861
“‘Tis a lesson you should heed,
Try, try again;
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try again.”

Quoted in The Village Reader (1840). The identical words, except with “try, try again,” appear in a poem titled “Perseverance; or, Try Again,” printed in Common School Assistant, Aug. 1838. No author is identified.

Twitter
Jeff‏
@jeff987012
If at first you don’t succeed, then we have a lot in common and you should DM me.
8:40 PM - 13 Sep 2014

Twitter
ѕpαcecrαғ‏
@_spacecraf_
if at first you don’t succeed, high five we have a lot in common
2:42 PM - 22 Aug 2015

Twitter
Kent Graham‏
@KentWGraham
If at first you don’t succeed, we have a lot in common.
6:02 AM - 6 Sep 2015

26 January 2016, Daily Mail (London, UK), “On This Day” by James Black, pg. 26:
QUOTE FOR TODAY IF AT first you don’t succeed, we have a lot in common.

Twitter
One Liner Jokes‏
@one_jokes
If at first you don’t succeed, we have a lot in common.
11:00 PM - 18 Jan 2017

Me.Me
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON MEME
MEMES COMMON 🤖 COMMONS LOTS FIRST YOU SUCCEED DONT IN COMMON COMMONER A LOT IF AT FIRST YOU DONT SUCCEED
FOUND @ 34 LIKES ON 2017-05-27 12:22:34 BY ME.ME
SOURCE: FACEBOOK

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, July 14, 2017 • Permalink