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 August 15, 2018
“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today”

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1903, when it was credited to Philistine, a publication edited to Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915).

“The best preparation for good work to-morrow is to do good work to-day. — FRA ELBERTUS” was published in Philistine in December 1903. (Earlier volumes do not appear to be digitized.) Elbert Hubbard is usually credited for the saying.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” was said by American author H. Jackson Brown Jr. in 1996.


Wikipedia: Elbert Hubbard
Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Raised in Hudson, Illinois, he had early success as a traveling salesman for the Larkin Soap Company. Presently Hubbard is known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Google Books
August 1903, Mahin’s Magazine (Chicago, IL), pp. 317-318:
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work to-day; the best preparation for life in the hereafter is to live now.—Philistine.

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December 1903, The Philistine, pg. ?:
The best preparation for good work to-morrow is to do good work to-day. — FRA ELBERTUS.

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January 1904, The Philistine, pg. 32:
The best preparation for good work to-morrow is to do good work to-day. — FRA ELBERTUS.

6 March 1904, St. Paul (MN) Globe, pg. 37, col. 7:
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

Google Books
August 1910, The Fra: A Journal of Affirmation (Elbert Hubbard, editor and publisher), pg. 147, col. 1:
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today; the best preparation for life in the hereafter is to live now.

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DrWael
@DrWael
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
“Elbert Hubbard”
7:48 PM - 9 Nov 2007

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Kristen Gilbert
@EvoCoach1
“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” -Elbert Hubbard #LifeLesson #Quotes
2:57 PM - 15 Aug 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 • Permalink