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

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Entry from February 24, 2019
“People who live in glass houses should take out insurance”

“Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” (one shouldn’t criticize others when the same criticism can be directed at one’s self) is an old proverb from at least the 17th century. “People who live in glass houses should take out insurance” is a jocular variation.

“People who live in glass houses should take out extra insurance” was published in the column “The Melting Pot” by Ema Spencer in The Newark Advocate and American Tribune (Newark, OH) on December 3, 1934.


3 December 1934, The Newark Advocate and American Tribune (Newark, OH), “The Melting Pot” by Ema Spencer, pg. 4, col. 3:
Reconstructed Proverb.
People who live in glass houses should take out extra insurance.

24 December 1970, Union (MS) Appeal, “Way I Heard It” by Shine Hays, sec. 1, pg. 6, col. 1:
People who live in glass houses should take out insurance.

Google Books
The Comic Encyclopedia:
A Library of the Literature and History of Humor Containing Thousands of Gags, Sayings, and Stories

By Evan Esar
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1978
Pg. 329:
People who live in glass houses should be fully insured.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 433:
People who live in glass houses should take out insurance.

Twitter
@InfiniteClock@mastodon.social
@InfiniteClock
People who live in glass houses should really get some top-notch home insurance. #converb
7:40 AM - 23 May 2009

Twitter
CRSIDE
@crside
People who live in glass houses should take out plenty of insurance.
5:50 PM - 3 Jul 2009

Google Books
The Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Business Quotations
By Fred Metcalf
London, UK: Biteback Publishing Ltd
2014
Pg. ?:
People who live in glass houses should take out insurance.
Anon

16 September 2015, Property & Casualty 360 (New York, NY), “14 quotes about insurance and risk you’ve probably never heard” by Jayleen R. Heft:
“People who live in glass houses should take out insurance.”
-- Source Unknown

Sonoma (CA) Index-Tribune
Editorial: Disaster security may come at a premium
JASON WALSH INDEX-TRIBUNE EDITOR | February 21, 2019, 4:51PM
(...)
“People who live in glass houses should take out insurance,” goes the old joke.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Sunday, February 24, 2019 • Permalink