- if you don’t speculate, you can’t accumulate
1925 WODEHOUSE ‘Bit of Luck for Mabel’ in Eggs, Beans and Crumpets (1963) 127 You can’t accumulate if you don’t speculate. So, though funds were running a bit low by this time, I invested a couple of bob in a cab.
1941 D. DODGE Death & Taxes xxiii. Krebs took out his billfold. ‘Can you give me any assurance that you have useful information?’ ‘Nope.’.. ‘You never accumulate if you don’t speculate.’
1957 WODEHOUSE Something Fishy iv. Don’t spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar, or, putting it another way, if you don’t speculate, you can’t accumulate.
1984 J. S. SCOTT All Pretty People ix. ‘Bloody liquor’s becoming an expense.’ ‘Won’t be for long. You have to speculate to accumulate, if we kept her sober we couldn’t do it our way.’
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