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 13, 2017
“When I hear somebody sigh that ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?‘“

"When I hear somebody sigh that ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” is a jocular line about life’s troubles that has been printed on many images. American journalist Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) included the line in his newspaper column, “Strictly Personal,” on April 6, 1953, and later in the book, Strictly Personal (1953).


Wikipedia: Sydney J. Harris
Sydney J. Harris (September 14, 1917 – December 7, 1986) was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and, later, the Chicago Sun-Times. He wrote 11 books and his weekday column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in approximately 200 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.

6 April 1953, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Strictly Personal” by Sydney J. Harris, pg. 35, col. 1:
When I hear somebody sigh that “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”

Google Books
Strictly Personal
By Sydney J. Harris
Washington, DC: Henry Regnery Company
1953
Pg. 241:
When I hear somebody sigh that “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”

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And I Quote:
The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the Contemporary Speechmaker

By Ashton Applewhite, William R. Evans III and Andrew Frothingham
New York, NY: St, Martin’s Press
1992
Pg. 177:
When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” — Sydney J. Harris

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Inspiration for a Lifetime:
Words of Wisdom, Delight, and Possibility

By Allen Klein
Berkeley, CA: Viva Editions
2010
Pg. ?:
When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”
SYDNEY J. HARRIS

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2:13 PM - 24 May 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 • Permalink