Posted by Btd on January 30, 2001
In Reply to: Success posted by ESC on January 30, 2001
: : "You can't argue with success"?
: It is probably a variation of this phrase:
: NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS -- One success often leads to another. The appearance of success is a great competitive advantage. The proverb is of French origin: 'Rein ne reussit comme le succes' and was used by Alexander Dumas the Elder (1802-71) in 'Ange Pitou' . First attested in the United States in A.D. Richardson's 'Beyond the Mississippi' . 'Nothing success like excess' is a jocular variant." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
I appreciate your response but this phrase has to do with degrading or un-dignifying someone for what they do yet they're still making money and successful doing it.
Similar to: "Say what you will he's still laughing all the way to the bank."
Here's how it was said to me.
There's a friend of a friend who made a lot of money with a website. He's now looking for people to partner with on another but totally different concept. When I questioned this new idea as to its validity, I was told "you can't argue with success".