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First they quote you, then forget you, then mis-quote you, then we laugh

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win" is often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. The quote has gotten more attention this year thanks to Sarah Palin, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each posting the quote, citing Gandhi, in the past year. But there's no record of Gandhi, or anyone else, saying that phrase, but there are some close matches.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 30, 2016 - 58 comments

Everyone always says it was Churchill. It wasn’t. No one said it.

The Wrongly Attributed Statement (WAS): Our Democratic Poetry
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 7, 2015 - 44 comments

"like staring at a cow for 45 minutes"

21 of the best insults in classical music [more inside]
posted by greenish on Oct 17, 2013 - 44 comments

Words of wisdom from the not-so-distant past

17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 20, 2013 - 32 comments

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work

The author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a popular MetaFilter topic, was born 177 years ago today (November 30th 1835) in Missouri. The printer, riverboat pilot, game designer, journalist, lecturer, technology investor, gold miner, publisher and patent holder wrote short stories, essays, novels and non-fiction under the pen name Mark Twain. This included The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (recently adapted into a musical), one of the top five challenged books of the 1990s, published in 1884-85 to a mixed reception and with an ending that still causes debate. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 30, 2012 - 42 comments

He felt like a man who, chasing rainbows, has had one of them suddenly turn and bite him in the leg.

He uttered a sound much like a bull dog swallowing a pork chop whose dimensions it has underestimated. Random P G Wodehouse quote generator. That is all.
posted by unSane on May 24, 2012 - 109 comments

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

Quote Investigator [more inside]
posted by jtron on Jan 6, 2011 - 25 comments

Things Vital to the Honor of Human Life

The editor of the New York Times Book Review asks "do others have favorite signature passages in books they love — a sentence or two that seem to convey the essence of a complex, beautiful work?" after giving his own example from To The Finland Station. Hundreds respond, often with some wonderful passages (as well as some not so wonderful ones). Any examples from the hive mind?
posted by blahblahblah on Mar 9, 2008 - 159 comments

quoting with image maps

Kwout, Use it to grab a quick quotation or other screen shot from a web site and embed it into a blog or other website (one click to Flickr and Tumblr).. [via/via] [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Dec 26, 2007 - 20 comments

context-free quotes!

You affect the world by what you browse! It's another quote site, named metaphilter.
posted by persia on Sep 24, 2005 - 23 comments

Why is everybody mad about the cups?

Why is everybody mad about the cups?

Last month there were those who were mad about “made-in-Israel-paper cups” at the King Khaled National Guard Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Now it’s a quote from novelist Armistead Maupin inscribed on Starbucks coffee cups at Baylor University that have made others mad!

Concerned Women for America charged that Starbucks is promoting a homosexual agenda with some paper cups containing Maupin’s quote:
"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."
CWA demanded that the cups containing the quote be removed from campus. Baylor Dining Services complied with the request.

(What exactly is the “homosexual agenda”?)
posted by ericb on Sep 21, 2005 - 95 comments

Foot in Mouth award

Donald Rumsfeld has won the 2003 Foot in Mouth award. The award is given by the Plain English Campaign for the most baffling quote by a public figure, but they don't seem to realize that Rumsfeld was actually creating poetry. I wonder who will present the award.
posted by homunculus on Dec 1, 2003 - 23 comments

This site rocks! No more books for me!

Mark Twain on evolution: It now seems plain to me that that theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one...the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals. And, on war: Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception. Alphabetized Mark Twain quotes.
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Jul 24, 2003 - 16 comments

"I want a boy, just like the boy that married dear old Mom..."

"I want a boy, just like the boy that married dear old Mom..."
posted by darren on Mar 2, 2001 - 10 comments

First Quote of the Century

First Quote of the Century Here's the first quotable quote of the century. Monica Lewinsky on CNN's Larry King Live discussing her miraculous Jenny Craig weight-loss: "I've learned not to put things in my mouth that are bad for me."
posted by Jeremy on Feb 1, 2000 - 2 comments

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