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Things may come to those who wait,
but only things left by those who hustle.

--Abe Lincoln

I wonder if the word "hustle", to aggressively pursue -- customers, wealth, whatever-- was used in that sense in Lincoln's era.

Other, older meanings of "hustle" are to hurry about (in a scattered way); to prostitute or to con.

The base quote from which this seems to be derived is Longfellow's "All things come round to him who will but wait" (Bartlett's Quotations: "Tales of a Wayside Inn.")

Bartlett's online does not give up a Lincoln quote. Yet if you do a google search on this quote you will find it all over, and attributd to Lincoln.

I hope someone can help me out with this one

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"Hustle" in the sense of "jostle" was used in 1839, according to the Oxford English Dictionary; but in the sense of "pushing to get ahead," the first American citation is 1893. Probably not Lincoln, then.

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