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 June 08, 2018
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t”

"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t” is a wok saying that has been printed on many images. The saying is usually credited to American statesman Martin Van Buren (1792-1862), but he never said it.

“It’s easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.—Martin Vanbee” was cited in The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT) on October 21, 1940. “Martin Vanbee” was the pen name for Van Buren Hooper, Sr., the founder of Ideal Magazine, who died in 1963.


21 October 1940, The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), “Senator From Sandpit” by Ham Park, pg. 4, col. 4:
It’s easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.—Martin Vanbee.

24 June 1946, The Van Nuys News and Valley Green Sheet (Van Nuys, CA), “News-Graphs” by Walter Mendenhall, pg. 1, col. 1:
NO ALIBIS
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”
-- MARTIN VAN BUREN

22 November 1948, Trenton (NJ) Evening Times, “Quotable Quotes,” pg. 14, col. 3:
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”—Martin Van Buren.

Google Books
Successful Delegation:
How to Grow Your People, Build Your Team, Free Up Your Time, and Increase Profits and Productivity

By Frank F. Huppe
Hawthorne, NJ: Career Press
1994
Pg. 71:
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.” — Martin Van Buren

Google Books
What Not to Do at Work!
By Linda J. Beam
Birmingham, AL: Sweetwater Press
2005
Pg. 94:
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.” Martin Van Buren

Google Books
Forbes Book of Quotations:
10,000 Thoughts on the Business of Life

Edited by Ted Goodman
New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
2016
Pg. ?:
It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.
Martin Van Buren

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, June 08, 2018 • Permalink