(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.