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Entry from November 29, 2019
“It’ll be greater later” (motivational saying)

"It gets greater later” (or “It’ll get greater later") is a motivational saying that has been printed on several images. Authorship is unknown.

“Things will get greater later” was printed in the Detroit (MI) News on August 6, 1990. “It gets greater, later” was printed in the St. Petersburg (FL) Times on October 25, 1992. “It’ll be greater later” was printed in the North Hills (PA) News Record on April 16, 1997.


6 August 1990, Detroit (MI) News, “Suit says cops violated gunshot victim’s civil rights” by Chauncey Bailey, pg. 2B, col. 3:
Franklin always believed where there is life there’s hope, and he would say ‘things will get greater later,’” she (Marcella Williams—ed.) said.

Newspapers.com
25 October 1992, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, “Thomas ready to step forward” by Rick Stroud, pg. 1C, col. 2::
The word came straight from the Sandman. Fifty-Onederful. He says stick around, because it gets greater, later.

2 December 1993, Rockford (IL) Register Star, pg. 6D, col. 7 personal ad:
BABY, it will get greater later so hang in there. We miss you.
YOU’RE
BABY LOVE
AND TURTLE

Google Books
The Trumpet Is Blown
By David Lamb
New York, NY: I Write What I Like, Inc.
1997
Pg. 198:
“It gets greater later,” a seated sista shouted out to him, but the words were falling on deaf ears.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Black Voices on the street in Watts
Author: Watts Prophets.
Publisher: S.L. : Warner, 1997.
Edition/Format: Music : French
Contents:
Things gonna get greater later --

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16 April 1997, North Hills (PA) News Record, “Bell re-signs with Steelers” by Rick Starr, pg. B1, col. 2:
PITTSBURGH: Steelers safety Myron Bell hopes to test his motto on the free agent market next season.

“It’ll be greater later,” Bell said Tuesday after signing a one-year, $361,000 contract. “I live by that motto.”

18 May 1997, The Independent (London, UK), pg. 25:
The Watts Prophets: The Black Voices on the Streets in Watts; Rappin’ Black in a White World; When the 90s Came (Acid Jazz, CD only). As with their East Coast peers The Last Poets, the legendary status of these militant LA rap pioneers has been taken largely on trust. Now, with the reissue of their two seminal - and the priapic intensity of this material makes that overused adjective the only one that fits - 1970- 71 recordings On the Streets and Rappin’ Black . . . a wider audience can finally discover whether the Watts Prophets’ reputation is justified. Emerging from the Watts Writers’ Workshop in the aftermath of the uprising of 1965, poets Amde Hamilton, Otis O’Solomon Smith and Richard Dedeaux strove to fashion a verbal assault of sufficient ferocity to match the array of social and political forces they saw lined up against them. Listening to “Things Are Gonna Get Greater Later” and the infamous “I’ll Stop Calling You Niggers When You Start Acting Like Black Men”, it’s hard not to be impressed by the extent to which they succeeded.

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New Graveyard Soldierz, and other thangs az well…
J-Dogg
11/20/97
(...)
IT’s ALL GOOD NOW...AND AS WE SAY IN M.E.M.P.H.I.S.,IT GETS GREATER LATER!

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30 Days....
CKramer007
1/15/98
congrats Kim its gets greater later!  the ruffness of the early days lay the groundwork for smoother sailing

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“20% and counting...but still no-one to date???!!!”
KEVIN
1/21/99
(...) life sometimes seeems soo unfair but I know that It will get greater later.....I just wish it would happen more rapidly.

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SAskinsjr
4/24/99
(...)
Leave mail to this address and let me know your decision!
It Gets Greater-Later!
Syl

OCLC WorldCat record
Can not ; is not true! ; It will get greater later!
Author: LaKisha Marie Tanksley
Publisher: Chicago : U.T.O.U.R. Pub., ©2000.
Edition/Format: Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English

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Headsup! KSE Nay-sayers speak up!
Julian Elischer
8/28/01
Tha actual impact on John will be minimal at this time.
It’ll be greater later.

OCLC WorldCat record
It gets greater later
Author: Yvonne Bridges
Publisher: Kirkwood, DE : Bridges II Paradise, ©2008.
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : English
Summary:
“Trails and tribulations are the lessons of life. But for six year old Kyla Johnson her lessons were painful heartfelt, and destructive. As she witnessed the senseless death of her mother, the incarceration of her father and the separation from her brother, a child will blossom into womanhood without sympathy and empathy maturing in a world with the only tool for survival is a con.

12 December 2013, Tell me More (NPR), “Original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday: ‘I’m Not Going Nowhere’”:
JENNIFER HOLLIDAY: Don’t try to figure out how the book ends because it takes different twists and turns. And how do we adapt to each twist and turn? Just because I’m a singer doesn’t mean I’m better than someone else. You know, I’d be so wealthy now just if I could sell singing, but I can’t. If you can’t sing, you can’t sing. I’m not going to do it for you, you know. But that doesn’t mean I’m better than you. That doesn’t mean that the gift that I have is better than your gift. Let’s find out what your gift is. And I tell people - my favorite thing is - it’ll get greater later, but you got to stick around to see your life turn around. If you don’t stick around, then you’ll never know.

Google Books
Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver:
The Chronicles of Hiest from the Heart of Kevin

By Kevin Jones
Bloomington, IN: iUniverse
2017
Pg. ?:
One of my mottos in life is “It’ll get greater later “I have faith it will in time. I hope it will.

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New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, November 29, 2019 • Permalink