I mean, probably not, anyway.
It’s widely believed that this is from William Makepeace Thackeray to one Laurence Hutton, and that the actual quote is, “Whatever you are, try to be a good one.”
It’s sage advice, but it’s also been attributed to Mark Twain, Solomon, and someone named Maurice Switzer, who I’d never heard of before today.
Actually, he said, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
Most likely an English adaptation of a French poem by Alphonse Karr.
The earliest versions of this quote are actually from scientists, which, you know, actually makes sense.
I wonder just how long it would have taken Mr. Lincoln to locate a tree in Illinois.
Pretty sure Joel Osteen said this.
What he actually said was a lot more powerful: “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.”
See also, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.”
Just how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
And that really sums it up.
It’s a meme world, and we’re all just living in it, but I think all of us need to do a better job verifying that what we’re sharing is accurate. Accurately-quoted and accurately-attributed. There is so much bad information out there it’s ridiculous, but we (yes, I’m guilty too) share it because it justifies our point of view or inspires us or maybe some combination of both. On top of that, we’re losing the richness of original quotes in trying to make them more gimmicky and fit for the internet.
Come on, now. We’re better than this. Let’s be fact-checkers. Let’s say more of what we think and less of what other people think, and when we must rely on the words of others, let’s use their actual words. Let’s have intelligent conversations with each other, and use memes for fun. (And if you’re not sure how to do that, I can direct you to some awesome people who can show you how to meme).