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November 28, 2010 6:31 PM   Subscribe

I keep finding variations on this quote, ascribed to Humphrey Bogart: "The trouble with the world is that everyone in it is three drinks behind." What is the origin and actual wording of the quote?
posted by ista to Society & Culture (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The earliest written source I can find is in his 1966 biography by Joe Hyams; the biography written by his son claims that Bogart said it in 1950.
posted by Paragon at 6:42 PM on November 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

There seems to be a similar phrase - "nature meant me to be a great man, but left me three drinks behind" - which is referenced in a few 19th century works on Google Books. Here and here.
posted by sleepcrime at 5:38 AM on November 29, 2010

Thanks guys!
posted by ista at 6:16 PM on December 1, 2010

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