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 February 17, 2023
“If at first you don’t succeed, drink whiskey. You’ll be amazed how little you care”

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is a popular American poem verse from the 1830s. The verse has many joke endings that replace “try, try again.”
   
“If at first you don’t succeed, drink whisky. You’ll be amazed at how much less you care” was posted on Twitter by JennyD on November 11, 2010. “If at first you don’t succeed, drink whiskey, you’ll be amazed how little you care….” was posted on Twitter by Paul Leitner-Wise on March 23, 2014. “If at first you don’t succeed, drink whiskey. You’ll be amazed how little you care” was posted on Twitter by David Voth on December 23, 2015. “IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, DRINK WHISKEY. YOU’LL BE AMAZED HOW LITTLE YOU CARE” was posted on Twitter by Bob Kostic on February 17, 2023.
     
American film comedian W. C. Fields (1880-1946) is attributed with this take on the saying: “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.”  Other variations include “If at first you don’t succeed, call dad,” “If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0,” “If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average,” “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried,” “If at first you don’t succeed, pay someone else to do it for you,” “If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success,” “If at first you don’t succeed, try management,” “If at first you don’t succeed, try two more times so your failure is statistically significant,” “If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving isn’t for you,” “If at first you don’t succeed, try left field” (baseball adage), “If at first you don’t succeed, we have a lot in common” and “Cooking Rule: If at first you don’t succeed, order pizza.”
   
   
The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred. R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
2006
Pg. 578:
Thomas H.Palmer
U.S. author, 1782-1861
“‘Tis a lesson you should heed,
Try, try again;
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try again.”

Quoted in The Village Reader (1840). The identical words, except with “try, try again,” appear in a poem titled “Perseverance; or, Try Again,” printed in Common School Assistant, Aug. 1838. No author is identified.“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is a popular American poem verse from the 1830s. The verse has many joke endings that replace “try, try again.”
         
Twitter
JennyD
@JMRD
If at first you don’t succeed, drink whisky. You’ll be amazed at how much less you care.
11:03 PM · Nov 11, 2010
 
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Ello Black
@ElloBlack
If at first you don’t succeed——Drink Whiskey.
9:21 AM · Feb 28, 2011
   
Twitter
Paul Leitner-Wise
@PaulLeitnerWise
If at first you don’t succeed, drink whiskey, you’ll be amazed how little you care….
11:31 PM · Mar 23, 2014
   
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thoko taali
@Thoko_Taali
If at first you don’t succeed, drink whiskey!
You won’t get succeed that way also still it helps to forget that you even tried.
2:04 PM · Aug 5, 2014
 
Twitter
David Voth
@SexCigarsBooze
If at first you don’t succeed, drink whiskey. You’ll be amazed how little you care.
4:40 PM · Dec 23, 2015
       
Twitter
A Ray Of Sunshine🌞❤️
@Rachel_Mangole
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Drink Whiskey. You’ll Be Amazed How Little You Care.
9:08 AM · Jul 21, 2016
 
Twitter
Michaelangelo
@Magic91505007
If at first you don’t succeed.. drink whiskey,  you’ll be surprised how little you care.
11:09 PM · Feb 24, 2019
   
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Warehouse Distillery
@WHDistillery
If at first you don’t succeed, drink whiskey. You’ll be amazed how little you care.
#MotivationalMonday
2:45 PM · Jul 29, 2019
 
Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, DRINK WHISKEY.
YOU’LL BE AMAZED HOW LITTLE YOU CARE.
5:46 PM · Feb 17, 2023

Posted by Barry Popik
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