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Wednesday, May 04, 2011


I've seen this quote several times since Sunday night ~

"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” - Mark Twain

But it turns out that it's both mistated and misattributed ~

"All men have an emotion to kill; when they strongly dislike some one they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction." - Clarence Darrow

The issue is discussed quite humorously here  - there are some funny folks lurking on the web!  I especially liked these:
"It seems that, whenever people have a clever, folksy quote and don’t know who said it, they ascribe it to Mark Twain. If they have a clever catty quote and don’t know who said it, they ascribe it to Oscar Wilde. If they have a sort-of-stupid quote and don’t know who said it, they ascribe it to Yogi Berra. If they have what they think is a profound, inspirational quote, they’ll ascribe it to Gandhi or to some Native American chief."

"The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." --Abraham Lincoln

"I have had many emails from young Russian women seeking to marry a rich American, but I can never tell if they are genuine." - Ben Franklin

"It was Thomas Jefferson who put it best:

Dear Mr. Nigerian Prince,
Your business offer intrigues me, and I would like to send you my bank account information post-haste.
Right after you kiss my ass! What, do you think I was born but a fortnight ago?
Yours, Thomas '2nd most badass president after Teddy Roosevelt' Jefferson"


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