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15 Relatively Brilliant Albert Einstein Quotes on His Birthday (March 14th)
“If I were to start taking care of my grooming, I would no longer be my own self.”
15 Awesome Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes for her 82nd Birthday (March 15th)
"I have quite a large supply [of 'Notorious RGB t-shirts]." does handle 'listicles' well (when John Green isn't reading them out loud on a video)…

...they always put the entire list on a single page, most frequently 15 items published around the 15th of the month. The "## Things You Might Not Know About X" title format does get somewhat annoying, but this is about their collections of quotes from notable quotable people.

Also getting exactly 15 quotes each: Gene Hackman, Nora Ephron, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Some have more than 15...
25 each from Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker
20 from Mister Rogers plus 10 more (giving him a double-15)
and 20 from J.K. Rowling
18 from Will Rogers
17 from Joss Whedon
16 from Emma Watson

While others have less...
13 each from Nikola Tesla, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nicholson, and Tom Hiddleston
12 from Stephen Fry, Stephen Colbert, and R.L.Stine
11 from Neil Gaiman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Stephen Hawking
and only 10 from Dr. Seuss and Alfred Hitchcock.

And they also made a list of 15 Great Quotes You Wish They’d Said (But They Didn’t!)
"Be the change..." - NOT Ghandi
...and then 10 more, ALL misattributed to Mark Twain.
"...lies, damned lies, and statistics.” And Mark Twain quotes, apparently.
Quotes just aren't as easy as they look.
posted by oneswellfoop (6 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I thought the first pairing was kind of insulting to Ginsburg. They could have selected better quotes. Albert Einstein: The meaning of life. RBG: What about those Notorious RBG t-shirts?
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 6:02 AM on March 16, 2015

misattributed to Mark Twain

I've just about put Einstein into this category: if someone says he said this, or he said that, I'm wanting to see a source. Even things that it does seem that Einstein said, such as "Imagination is more important than knowledge" sound suspect to me now, as people so much like to think that the amiable inspirational canards that get them through another day come from some great genius.

"Hang in there, baby!" - Alfred Einstein
posted by thelonius at 6:27 AM on March 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

Re: Einstein - Just saw these 9 photographs yesterday, larger
posted by growabrain at 6:33 AM on March 16, 2015

Also those mentalfloss pages win for the longest, most impressive list of web tracker, according to Ghostery.
posted by sneebler at 7:14 AM on March 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Twain, Lincoln and Churchill are the great triad of made up attributions. Thomas Jefferson is up there, too.
posted by tavella at 1:01 PM on March 16, 2015

mentalfloss is on my daily rounds, and i agree about those videos. i wish each had a text version.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 8:00 PM on March 16, 2015

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