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 October 04, 2017
“When homeless people ask me for change, I tell them ‘change comes from within‘“

"When a bum comes up to you (...) Tell him, ‘Change comes from within, man..’” was posted on the newsgroup alt.religion.wicca on December 24, 1999. “When a homeless guy asks me ‘hey man, got any change?!’ I always respond with ‘change comes from within’” was posted on Twitter on June 9, 2009.

“@FillWerrell: When homeless people ask me for change, I tell them ‘change comes from within’” was posted on Twitter on February 3, 2013.

“Homeless are people are the best activists. They’re always asking for change!” is a related saying.


Google Groups: alt.religion.wicca
[Poll] When a bum comes up to you.
Corwin
12/24/99
I’m curious about what you people would do in this situation…
You’ve got like $5 in change in your pocket… along with a wealth (maybe $200) of other bills.. and then you see a bum.. on the street.. asking for change… you know inside that the bum is only going to use the money for drugs… and u also know that by giving him money that it might be one less person that he needs to rob… what do u do and why?

a) Give him your $5 in change.
b) Tell him to “@#%# off!”
c) Tell him, “Change comes from within, man..”
d) Make up your own answer..

Twitter
Nick Bearden‏
@nickbearden
When a homeless guy asks me “hey man, got any change?!” I always respond with “change comes from within”
5:05 PM - 9 Jun 2009

Twitter
Roman‏
@OlDirtySanchez
homeless dude: “Spare any change?” me: “change comes from within”
homeless dude: “very zen of you”.  LMAO!!!  Only in SF.
2:10 PM - 19 Jun 2009

Twitter
HumorHive‏
@HumorHive
Homeless: “Change?”
Me: “Change comes from within.”
11:05 PM - 21 Jan 2013

Twitter
Alex King‏
@KingAlexKing
“@FillWerrell: When homeless people ask me for change, I tell them “change comes from within”.”
10:11 AM - 3 Feb 2013

Twitter
Not Will Ferrell‏
@itsWillyFerrell
When homeless people ask me for change, I tell them “change comes from within”.
12:45 PM - 1 Apr 2013

Twitter
SpeakComedy‏
@SpeakComedy
When homeless people ask me for change, I tell them “change comes from within”.
5:27 PM - 29 May 2013

Google Books
The Gilded Razor:
A Memoir

By Sam Lansky
New York, NY: Gallery Books
2016
Pg. 112:
My face was still wet with his kisses when, on the walk to the bus stop, a homeless man asked if we could spare a little change.

“True change comes from within,” I sneered with the same derision as always, thinking myself very clever.

Me.Me
WHEN HOMELESS PEOPLE ASK MEFOR CHANGE LTELL THEM CHANGE COMES FROM WITHIN MEME
HOMELESS MEMES CHANGE ASKING ASKS 🤖 ASK THEM COMELY
FOUND @ 590 LIKES ON 2016-10-31 22:10:57 BY ME.ME
SOURCE: FACEBOOK

Reddit—Jokes
A homeless man comes up to me asking for change
submitted August 31, 2017 by DemonicFartbox
I say.. Sir, change comes from within.. Talk about an obtuse individual

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Wednesday, October 04, 2017 • Permalink