Title: Respecting the Penny
Category: Proverbial Phrase
Informant: Julianna K. Keller
Nationality: American, caucasian
Residence: 325 West Adams Blvd./ Los Angeles, CA 90007
Date of Collection: 4/09/18
“ The man that does not respect the Penny, does not deserve the dollar.”
The phrase comes from Julianna’s great Uncle and is thought to be an originally German proverb. According to the source, the proverb means: A person should value the little things so that they can appreciate when larger things happen. The phrase implies that a person should be appreciative of all things that happen to them and take nothing for granted.
This proverbial phrase is something that can be heard when talking about small occurrences in an insignificant way. It can be used as a retort when someone acts inappreciative of something nice that happens to them.