Washington Quotes

“The problem with internet quotes is that you cant always depend on their accuracy” -Abraham Lincoln

Pie Bird Collection
Pie Bird Collection

The Internet is awash in fake quotes. Sometimes from people who just don’t bother to look up the right quote and author. Sometimes from people who deliberately want to fool you. Sometimes it’s just that something that sounds smart people assume was said by quote magnets like Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain. However, if something is worth passing on, it’s worth giving credit where credit is due.

Now some of the organizations devoted to preserving the memory of famous people are trying to fight back. I had posted previously about attempts to be clear about what Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain didn’t say:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/what-lincoln-didnt-say

In honor of Washington’s Birthday (also known as President’s or Presidents Day), here is the set of what George Washington didn’t say.
http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/encyclopedia/spurious-quotations

And since we’re honoring Washington, check out how to eat like George:
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2014/02/how_to_eat_like_george_washing.php

And a quote that I originally published as part of the Kirkwood Libraries blog:

Even more basic things can be taken the wrong way. This can get you into trouble. Under the heading A “Cat’s” Tale in the Prologue (National Archives magazine) article linked to below, it explains how many serious looking websites, publications and even USA Today quote an interview that stated it was former President Richard Nixon who renamed Washington’s Birthday, Presidents Day. The original source? A humor column published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by Michael Storey which is openly attributed  (complete with author photo) to the author’s cat.

Read more about it here:
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2004/winter/gw-birthday-2.html

Since I couldn’t find my cherry pie photo today, here is a pie bird photo in honor of cherry pie.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

3 thoughts on “Washington Quotes”

  1. I’m so glad you brought this up! It is tiresome how often quotes are bandied about, frivolously claimed as beinf from the writing or speech of a famous person, but with no attempt made at citing the source. Working for the Thoreau Society for the last several years, I can attest HDT is frequently misquoted by others. The Society employees are very careful to ensure that any quotations we use in our publications and merchandise are exact to the original writing, and used with a citation to the source.

    Another perfect case in point would be the insistent repetition, and incorrect attribution, of the various lines of dialogue from the LHOP TV show which Laura Ingalls Wilder herself NEVER actually said. Most notorious is probably this one: “home is the nicest word there is.” Just today I received 2 more Google alerts for news pieces about LIW which credited this quote as if the real LIW actually said it. Until someone produces the citation from LIW’s writing, correspondence, or public speech, I am not convinced it is anything more than a line from the television show, spoken by a very young Melissa Gilbert (and written by someone else) while portraying the fictional Laura.

    There, I feel better getting that off my chest…And of course, if you do know it to be a true LIW quote, please, please, please cite it here, Sarah! “I will eat my hat.” 🙂

    1. No, those are definitely Michael Landon quotes. I never understand why people who are self-described TV Show fans seem so reluctant to claim them as such. And I think it’s safe to say if a quote on the TV show isn’t in the books, Landon didn’t get it from Wilder. It isn’t like he was digging into her prior writing or papers while he was writing the show.

  2. My thoughts exactly! And to think that any museum would incorporate one of the “quotes” in its promotional literature is downright unnerving. Accidental or not, mistakes like that could really undermine the overall mission of any organization.

    It is strange that some fans don’t seem to get the difference, either.

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