April 29, 2014

Rachael Ward

Misattributed – but no less relevant- inspiring quotes to brighten up your day.

As Abraham Lincoln once said “The problem with internet quotes is that you can’t always depend on their accuracy”.

High school yearbooks are littered with quotes ranging from the endearing ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different – Coco Chanel’ to the thought provoking, intelligent ‘Fur pillows are actually hard to sleep on – Kanye West’.

Sadly, we live in a culture that legitimizes some views depending on the status of the person who promotes them. But just became a public figure has authority, doesn’t mean what they have to say is anymore worthwhile than someone else. After all, our PM declared, “nobody can be the suppository of all wisdom” *face palm*

Likewise, when a quote is incorrectly attributed to someone doesn’t mean its’ status should be diminished or the comment put aside. After all, some of the most inspiring quotes are altered, stolen or completely made up.

Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid

Completely true, and completely misattributed.

The earliest known use of this quotation is from Matthew Kelly’s ‘The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose’. AKA the ultimate title for a self-help guide for people with first world problems.

Kelly wrote ‘Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The question I have for you at this point of our journey together is, “What is your genius?”’

Be the change you wish to see in the world – Gandhi

It’s beautiful, but Gandhi didn’t quite say it like this.

The full quote is “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”

Well-behaved women rarely make history – Marilyn Monroe

To borrow the words of Cady from Mean Girls, ‘Wrong. SO wrong’.
This is attributed to Marilyn, when in fact it was penned by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for the American Quarterly, according to the New York Times.

Nice guys finish Last

I’m not quite sure this is inspiring or true, but many people take solace in the belief that even though they didn’t quite achieve what they set out to, they’ve got a great personality to fall back on. It’s attributed to baseball player Leo Durocher, who actually thought nice guys finish seventh or eighth – depending on who you believe.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! – Henry David Thoreau

See if you can decipher his actual words

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours . . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

I just want one day off when I can go swimming and eat ice cream and look at rainbows – Mariah Carey

Me too. Sadly, Mariah did actually say this.

– Rachael Ward

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