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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 30, 2023
“Time is precious. Waste it wisely”

"Time is precious. Waste it wisely” is a saying that has been printed on many images. This is a variation of, “Time is previous. Spend it wisely.”

“Consumers should soon see some marketing material for Shockwave.com, which will use the taglines ‘Remember Recess!’ and ‘Time is precious; waste it wisely’” was printed in the National Post (Don Mills, ON) on June 4, 1999. “Time is precious. Waste it wisely” was posted on the newsgroup rec.skydiving on October 21, 1999. “Time is precious; waste it wisely!” was posted on the newsgroup misc.news.internet.discuss on August 20, 2000.

“Time is precious. Waste it wisely” was used in the novel Slow Burn (2015) by K. Bromberg. This is often credited—incorrectly—as the origin of the saying.


Newspapers.com
4 June 1999, National Post (Don Mills, ON), “Shockwave is ready to roll on Internet; Web site designed to showcase company’s software” by David Akin, pg. C5, col. 2:
Consumers should soon see some marketing material for Shockwave.com, which will use the taglines “Remember Recess!” and “Time is precious; waste it wisely.”

Google Groups: rec.skydiving
Byron Bay In Australia
CEST CHEEZ
Oct 21, 1999, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Time is precious. Waste it wisely.

Google Groups: misc.news.internet.discuss
Saturday Quotes
NataliesPoppa
Aug 20, 2000, 10:00:07 PM
(...)
“Just Judy” wrote in message
news:6vhtpsknfgq8op1av...@4ax.com…
> On Sat, 19 Aug 2000 14:43:20 GMT, cg wrote:
(...)
> Over & out,Judy~
> --
> Time is precious; waste it wisely!

Newspapers.com
17 September 2008, Daily Record (Morristown, NJ), “A second chance to help others” by Christine Wang, Denville-Roachaway sec., pg. 2, col. 3:
Mary Mandelbaum has a motto: “Time is precious; waste it wisely.”

Twitter
DarcyMcLeod
@DarcyMcLeod
What you are doing right NOW will have a tremendous impact on your future. Time is precious, waste it wisely!
11:55 AM · Apr 7, 2009

Google Books
Slow Burn
By K. Bromberg
New York, NY: Signet Eclipse
2015
Pg. 372:
I angle my head to look at him and wonder how Lex’s motto that we’ve adopted as ours holds any relevance when it seems we have all the time in the world now. “Time is precious. Waste it wisely,” I tell him, a ghost of a smile on my lips at how that advice in the voice mail she let me—that I still listen to—has come full circle in this moment.

Twitter
Nancy
@RavenousReadr
On page 372 of 400 of Slow Burn, by K. Bromberg: “Time is precious. Waste it wisely” http://goodreads.com/user_status/show/58988382
5:37 PM · Feb 7, 2015

Google Books
Lucifer’s Game:
You’re playing it--whether you know it or not!

By Will Schneider
Los Angeles, CA: Over And Above Press
2015
Pg. ?:
As I always advise people: Time is precious. Waste it wisely!

Twitter
Ayshwarye
@ayshwarye
Time is precious, waste it wisely.  - K. Bromberg
3:03 PM · Nov 20, 2022

Facebook
El Arroyo is at El Arroyo.
January 29, 2023 at 2:05 PM · Austin, TX ·
Come waste your Sunday with us 🍹
(The following text is shown on the restaurant’s sign.—ed.)
TIME IS
PRECIOUS
WASTE IT
WISELY

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Monday, January 30, 2023 • Permalink