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 07, 2018
“You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God”

"You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God” is an inspirational saying that has been printed on many images. “You can buy EDUCATION, but WISDOM is a gift directly from God” was published in the book Wit and Wisdom of Josh Billings (1913), described as “Carefully collected and revised by H. Montague.” “Josh Billings” was the pen name of American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885).

The saying does not appear in the book The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), although “genius iz the gift of God” is mentioned. The “wisdom” saying has not been found before the 1913 book.


Wikipedia: Josh Billings
Josh Billings was the pen name of 19th-century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (April 21, 1818 – October 14, 1885). He was a famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States, perhaps second only to Mark Twain, during the latter half of the 19th century.

Google Books
The Complete Works of Josh Billings (Henry W. Shaw)
By Josh Billings
New York, NY: G. W. Dillingham Company
1876
Pg. 78:
Menny people are hunting after uncommon sense, but they never find it a good deal; uncommon sense iz ov the nature of genius, and all genius iz the gift of God, and kant be had, like hen eggs, for the hunting.

Google Books
Wit and Wisdom of Josh Billings
Carefully collected and revised by H. Montague
Winston-Salem, NC: Shore Print. Company
1913
Pg. 66:
You can buy EDUCATION, but WISDOM is a gift directly from God.

19 April 1941, The Afro-American (Baltimore, MD), “Weekly Thoughts” by the Rev. E. L. Johnson (Pastor, Greater Lane Memorial CME Church, Washington), pg. 9, col. 8:
You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift directly from God.

26 June 1987, Longview Morning Journal/Longview Daily News (Longview, TX), “In this untruthful world, there are some truisms” by Van Craddock, pg. 4, col. 4:
You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.

Google Books
14,000 Quips and Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books
1990, ©1980.
Pg. 208:
You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.

23 November 2002, Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall, ON), “God...it doesn’t make sense” by Bob Burgess, pg. 19:
You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God!

Google Books
Pearls of Wisdom
Edited by Bill Goss and Peggy Goss
Jacksonville, F: 5th Corner Publishng, LLC
2012
Pg. ?:
You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.”
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You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from Allah.
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You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God. Author Unknown #motivation #inspiration #success #quotes
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Thursday, June 07, 2018 • Permalink