A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 21, 2017
“If youth is wasted on the young, then wealth is wasted on the old”

“Youth is wasted on the young” has been credited to Irish-born playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). A second line about wealth is sometimes added to this saying.

“If you ask me, wealth is wasted on the wealthy, just as youth is wasted on the young” was printed in a 1983 book. “George Bernard Shaw once wrote: Youth is wasted on he young.’ Today, wealth is wasted on the rich” was printed in a 1986 newspaper.

“If youth is wasted on the young, then wealth is wasted on the old” was posted on the newsgroup rec.autos on December 15, 1993.


Google Books
Bawdy House Showdown
By Cort Martin
Naples, FL: Speaking Volumes, LLC
1983
Pg. ?:
“If you ask me, wealth is wasted on the wealthy, just as youth is wasted on the young.”

15 June 1986, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, “On Style” by Karen Heller, pg. 3-D, col. 4:
George Bernard Shaw once wrote: “Youth is wasted on he young.” Today, wealth is wasted on the rich.

Google Groups: rec.autos
GMC Typhoon Wanted
Courier
12/15/93
(...)
If youth is wasted on the young, then wealth is wasted on the old.

3 April 1996, Washington (DC) Informer, “What Happened To ‘Corporate Patriotism?’” by Askia Muhammad, pg. 167:
I would like to paraphrase the adage that : “Youth is wasted on the young,” to say: “Wealth is wasted on the rich.”

Google Groups: alt.quotations
Wealth
bill hubbard
12/9/06
“Just as youth is wasted on the young, wealth is wasted on the rich”...William S. Hubbard.

Google Books
Genetic Enslavement
By Bruce L. Gary
Hereford, AZ: Reductionist Publications
2008
Pg. 248:
If “youth is wasted on the young” then wealth is wasted on the old. Health and wealth are too often found at opposite ends of life.

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If youth is wasted on the young then wealth is wasted on the old
submitted August 7, 2016 by RainbowRabbitThe3rd

Reddit—Jokes
Some say youth is wasted on the young, I say wealth is wasted on the old.
submitted June 11, 2016 by banned_main_
Also Oxycontin.

Facebook
Make yourself uncomfortable updated their status.
April 29, 2017 ·
Youth is wasted on the youth, they say, just as wealth is wasted on the elderly.
As middle-aged I stand between these positions so if any elderly wealthy people wish to help out, I’m all ears.

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If youth is wasted on the young, perhaps wealth is wasted on the old.
submitted June 9, 2017 by ModernMiser

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If youth is wasted on the young, then wealth is wasted on the old.
submitted October 22, 2017 by SkrimTim
COMMENTS
caterpillarbitch
I think this every time I see a 70 something year old driving a fancy sports car.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Saturday, October 21, 2017 • Permalink