the origin of this phrase

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Mon Mar 27 18:23:57 UTC 2006

I working in a classroom where one of the teachers has posted the
following on the wall:

The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.

I've searched the Web briefly and found a couple of variants of this as
well has several attributions, including:
Vince Lombardi
Mark Twain
and Arthur Brisbane (also spelled Brisbein).

Does anyone know something more specific about the attribution of this


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