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 September 02, 2018
“Success is relative. The more success, the more relatives”

"Success is relative. The more success, the more relatives” is a jocular saying that has been printed on several images. “The way I see it, success is relative. The more success, the more relatives” was published in a comic strip that appeared in many newspapers on July 25, 1954.

“Success is relative. The more the success, the more the relatives” is a slightly different variant that is sometimes used.


25 July 1954, Austin (TX) Statesman, pg. 12, col. 2:
(A comic strip. Two men are talking.—ed.)
“The way I see it, success is relative. The more success, the more relatives.”

2 September 1957, Evansville (IN) Courier, “Along Broadway” by Lee Mortimer, pg. 8, col. 2:
Success is relative. The more success, the more relatives.

20 January 1960, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 6C, col. 3: 
Success is relative—the more success, the more relatives.

Google Books
Speaker’s Desk Book of Quips, Quotes, and Anecdotes
By Jacob Morton Braude
Bombay, India: Jaico Publishing House
1966 [©1963]
Pg. 311:
Success is relative. The more success the more relatives.

Google Books
The Modern Handbook of Humor
By Ralph Louis Woods
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1967
Pg. 29:
Success is relative. The more success the more relatives.

Google Books
14,000 Quips & Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 443:
Success is relative — the more success, the more relatives.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 669:
Success is relative: the more success, the more relatives.

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Success Is Relative. The more The Success, The more The Relatives.
11:54 AM - 28 Aug 2018

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