nice guys finish last

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People who are decent, friendly, and agreeable tend to be unsuccessful because they are outmaneuvered or overwhelmed by others who are not so decent, friendly, or agreeable.

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  • US 1946, condensed from a comment by a baseball manager Leo Durocher. The original quote was “The nice guys are all over there, in seventh place.”, about the 1946 New York Giants — seventh place was next-to-last place in the National League. This was shortly afterwards rendered as “‘Nice Guys’ Wind Up in Last Place, Scoffs Lippy”, hence giving the present form.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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buenos chicos terminan los últimos

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