Modern Proverb: If you are not at the table, you may be on the menu.

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 12 02:35:49 UTC 2014

Fred will set his own guidelines on that question, I imagine. Perhaps
the AP has offered guidance.

If a quotation collector wished to include the saying in an annual
list then he or she could construct a category such as "Most
Interesting Revitalized Quotation(s)".

Here is an example of a saying revitalized by Steve Jobs in 1993:

[Begin excerpt]
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to
bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what
matters to me.
[End excerpt]

I Don’t Want To Be the Richest Man in the Cemetery

Many words could be used to describe the category and the connotations
would vary greatly: revitalized, plagiarized, resuscitated, lifted,
recovered, etcetera.


On Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> At 10/11/2014 07:06 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>>Dan Goncharoff wrote:
>> >"If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably
>> > on the menu." - -
>> > Elizabeth Warren
>>This interesting saying is listed in Charlie and Fred's Dictionary of
>>Modern Proverbs with an initial citation in 1993. ...
> Even if it was coined in 1993, as long as Warren said it in 2014
> isn't it eligible as a QOTY?
> Joel
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