Sunday, April 30, 2017

rightly attributed statements

(thanks to the article about Wrongly Attributed Statements - ошибочно приписываемые цитаты)

Resolve to be tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,
and tolerant of the weak and the wrong.
Sometime in life you will have been all of these.

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When you perform a significant act in life you will often experience both praise and criticism. Elbert Hubbard founded a successful community of artisans in East Aurora, New York. He wrote popular books and coined aphorisms. A 1909 collection titled "The Motto Book" included the following clever piece of reverse-wisdom from his pen:

To escape criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Hubbard also presented several variants of the saying including this from an 1898 essay:

If you would escape moral and physical assassination, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing—court obscurity, for only in oblivion does safety lie.

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The words above are usually attributed to Mark Twain, but he probably never said them. The joke really originated with the journalist, clergyman, and humorist Robert Jones Burdette who spoke the following during a lecture in 1883.

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The famous comedian Groucho Marx wrote the words above in his memoir "Groucho and Me" in 1959. He constructed a comical tale about resigning from a fictitious group called the Delaney Club.
His son stated that the humorous message was really sent to a private club, but there are many different versions of this story. Here are the names of several candidate organizations: The Friars Club of Beverly Hills, The Lambs Club, The Beverly Hills Tennis Club, and The Hillcrest Country Club.

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The words above are attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher and sage Plato. QI believes that the statement was derived from a passage in "The Republic" that yields an imperfect match.

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This statement is often attributed to Winston Churchill or Abraham Lincoln, but there is no substantive evidence linking the words to either luminary. Who did craft this statement? The earliest instances were anonymous. Follow the link for more information.

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The above-mentioned quotation is often incorrectly attributed to Albert Einstein.
Evidence collected by QI indicates that the saying should be credited to Francis Phillip Wernig who printed it on a poster that was circulating in 1973. Wernig used the pseudonym Alan Ashley-Pitt.

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Were these words spoken by Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Anne Boleyn? Several famous names have been attached to this quotation by social media participants.

The phrase was actually coined by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich when she was a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire. She earned her doctorate in History there in 1980, and now she is an eminent Pulitzer-Prize-winning Professor of early American history at Harvard University.

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If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awoke — Ay! and what then?
The famous Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who crafted “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “Kubla Khan” wrote the text above in a notebook circa 1818. Many years later his grandson, Ernest Hartley Coleridge, edited and published selections from the notebook under the title “Anima Poetae”.
A scrambled version of the text was in circulation by the 1960's, and it is often shared online in modern times:
What if you slept
And what if in your sleep you dreamed
And what if in your dream you went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if when you awoke you had that flower in your hand
Ah, what then?

More information is available at the Quote Investigator website

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A dramatic quotation about the dangers of environmental upheaval is attributed to the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein. Here are two versions:

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.

If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.

QI has located no supporting evidence that Einstein made the remark above. Instead, QI has determined that a statement of this type was made by the major literary figure Maurice Maeterlinck in his work “The Life of the Bee” in 1901.

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This saying has incorrectly been credited to a triumvirate of quotation superstars: Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, and George Bernard Shaw. The adage actually evolved in a multistep multi-decade process. The modern version was spoken by Cyrus Stuart Ching in 1948.

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