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 28, 2018
“The rewind on the remote of life does not work”

"Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself” is a motivational saying that has been printed on many images.

On the American teen drama television series Dawson’s Creek, the character played by actress Katie Holmes said on season one, episode two (January 27, 1998), “The remote on the rewind of life does not work.” She was supposed to say, “The rewind on the remote of life does not work.” “The rewind on the remote of life never works” was posted on Twitter on July 19, 2009.

“Life has no remote control; you have to walk across the room to change the channel” was posted on Twitter on September 29, 2008. “‘Life has no remote, change it yourself!’ - @philade301 The Letterman coming soon!!!” was posted on Twitter by Dre The Mayor on December 21, 2009.

“Life has no remote, change it yourself!!!” was posted on Twitter by American singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato on July 17, 2010. “Quotes4UrSoul: ‘Life has no remote, Get up and change it yourself!’” was posted on Twitter later on July 17, 2010.

“Life has no remote. You have to get up and change it yourself - Mark Cooper” was posted on Twitter on April 24, 2014. Author Mark A. Cooper did not originate the saying.


Movie Mistakes
Dawson’s Creek (1998)
Dance (aka Dirty Dancing) - S1-E2 (Originally aired on January 27, 1998.—ed.)
Corrected entry: When Dawson and Joey are walking home from the dance, Joey tells Dawson that they should stay home and watch movies on the next dance night, because “The remote on the rewind of life does not work.” She means, of course that “The rewind on the remote of life does not work.” Katie Holmes actually starts laughing at herself, but the scene goes on anyway.
Correction: This is a character mistake.

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Bad editing
Mike Jones
7/27/98
(...)
The two nits you mentioned are somewhat minor (as another person pointed out), but they are far from the only gaffes.  Everyone has watched Katie play with her cordless mike.  Most other shows would never let this be seen.  When Katie butchered her line about “The rewind of life has no remote control”, I was amazed that the director didn’t call for a stop.  Katie started laughing, but since James ignored her and went on with his lines, she did the same.  And it aired.  Jeez, are they watching the show while they make it?  Yes, I know. Time pressures, etc., etc.

Twitter
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@mtolan
Life has no remote control; you have to walk across the room to change the channel.
5:45 PM - 29 Sep 2008

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jessport
@jessport
the rewind on the remote of life never works.
11:55 AM - 19 Jul 2009

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Dre The Mayor
@drethemayor
“life has no remote, change it yourself!” - @philade301 The Letterman coming soon!!!
12:35 PM - 21 Dec 2009

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Ashmir Ignacio
@ashmirignacio
The rewind on the remote of life doesn’t work
1:30 AM - 14 Mar 2010

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Demi Lovato
@ddlovato
“Life has no remote, change it yourself!!!”
9:18 PM - 17 Jul 2010

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@MuziknMarijuana
Life has no remote, the only way to change it is to get up and do it yourself !
10:37 PM - 17 Jul 2010

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Angelica C. Pickles
@BigPurdie
Quotes4UrSoul: “Life has no remote, Get up and change it yourself!”
10:51 PM - 17 Jul 2010

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@MajorFactorJayG
Life has no remote you have to get up change it yourself !! !! !!
11:46 AM - 18 Jul 2010

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KAMARI AKA LYRIKAL
@KAMARILYRIKAL
Life has no remote....get up and change it yourself!  #imjussayin
7:51 PM - 19 Jul 2010

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Food for Two
@foodfortwoo
Life has no remote....get up and change it yourself! - #teensworld
8:52 PM - 19 Jul 2010

8 April 2012, Tampa (FL) Tribune, “Astrology,” Baylife and Travel, pg. 9, col. 1:
Life has no remote control, so you have to get up and change it yourself.

Google Books
Unbreakable:
The Gifted Teens Series Book Three

By Talia Jager
Published by author
2013
Pg. ?:
Auralee answered dressed in khaki capris and a T-shirt that read: Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.

Twitter
MotivationDrips.com
@MotivationDrips
Life has no remote. You have to get up and change it yourself - Mark Cooper #GetUp #change #yourself #motivation
8:56 AM - 24 Apr 2014

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Kurt Krueger CPA
@TheCPAGroupPC
...Life has no remote. Get up & change it yourself. Mark Cooper [True with money as well.]
3:02 PM - 6 Aug 2014

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Mark A. Cooper
@AuthorMACooper
Likes the quote: “Life has no remote....get up and change it yourself!” http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1276477 via @goodreads
1:43 PM - 31 Oct 2014

Twitter
Andrea Cronkrite
@AndreaCronkrite
“The rewind on the remote of life doesn’t work.” - Joey #DawsonsCreek #Wisdom
8:36 PM - 27 Jun 2015

Reddit—Quotes
“Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself” (self.quotes)
submitted May 4, 2017 by BrandtHunt

YouTube
Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself|Crossfit Motivation|Brooke Ence
Female Motivation
Published on Jul 10, 2017
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https://www.instagram.com/brookeence/

Twitter
Bill Murray
@BiIIMurray
Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.
5:15 PM - 29 Jun 2018

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