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Posted by Marcus on January 31, 2001

In Reply to: Success posted by Btd 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".

:) in the context of your example, I don't get a negative value unless the friend is a semi-successful gunrunner or a vicious CEO in a an offshore bank or a ruthless that tanked and rebounded at your expense. whatever works. vince lombardi once said show me a good loser, and i'll show you a loser.
some recipes just sing and should not be argued with. I said that.
it could go either way, everybody laughs on their way to the bank.