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 April 22, 2018
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”

Entry in progress—B.P.

[This quotation was also researched by the Quote Investigator.]


9 December 1923, Coshocton (OH) Tribune, pg. 3, col. 7 ad:
Half the game of getting ahead is getting started.
(...)
Commercial National Bank
Coshocton, Ohio.


17 December 1923, Evening World-Herald (Omaha, NE), pg. 3, col. 6 ad:
Half the game of getting ahead is getting started.
(...)
The Omaha National Bank

17 December 1923, The Daily Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), pg. 14, col. 4 ad:
Half the game of getting ahead is getting started.
(...)
First Trust and Savings Bank

Google Books
Pollen Grain
State and Private Forestry, Southeastern Area, U.S. Forest Service and the Committee on Southern Forest Tree Improvement
Volumes 1-11
1967 (This Google Books date may be incorrect.—ed.)
Pg. 162:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes:
A Treasury of Witty Remarks, Comic Proverbs, Wisecracks and Epigrams.

By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
1968
Pg. 71:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

25 June 1972, The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, IN), “Good Start for Scout Campers,” pg. 68, col. 1:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

7 May 1974, Wilmington (OH) News-Journal, pg. 10, col. 5 ad:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
(Compton Metal Products.—ed.)

12 May 1976, Odessa (TX) American, “The Quipster,” pg. 1, col. 3:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Google Books
Freeway to Work and Wealth
By Paul Lachlan Peck
North Granby, CT: Harmony Press
1982
Pg. 56:
And, on the wall of the sanctuary, one will read this statement by an unknown author: “One secret of getting ahead, is getting started.”

Google Books
Treasury of Women’s Quotations
Edited by Carolyn Warner
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall
1992
Pg. 91:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Sally Berger

30 August 1992, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, “Store Can Provide More Than Supplies” by Gary Robertson, pg. B-9: 
This time of year, just before school reopens, teachers pour in the doors. They’re shopping for everything from stickers to brighten their bulletin boards to inspirational or witty sayings: “The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started” or “Baby Philosophy: If Something Stinks, Change It.”

29 September 1997, Daily Press (Newport News, VA), “Break Down: Big Jobs to Help Build Your Life” by Felicia Mason, pg. B1:
Mark Twain put it another way: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

Google Books
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Rich
By Larry Waschka
New York, NY: Alpha Books
1999
Pg. 39:
Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”

Google Books
Matters That Matter...:
4,000 Notable Quotables and 900 Relevant Subject Topics Guaranteed to Fertilize Your Mind and Cultivate Your Life

By Daniel Taddeo
Airleaf Publishing
2006
Pg. 224:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, changing overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. -Mark Twain

Google Books
Title The Secret of Getting Ahead Is Getting Started Mark Twain: Blank Lined Quote Book Large
Author Journals for All Staff
Publisher Independently Published, 2017
ISBN 1549699628, 9781549699627
Length 103 pages

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