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Faux quote challenge

Here’s a contest that I announce with just a little trepidation. The idea is to come up with a “quotation” that you attribute to a historical figure, only it has to be fake.

If you need examples, you probably need go no further than your email inbox, or Facebook—or you could also visit the Orly Taitz blog:

imageThe first and third are bogus. I think the second is questionable—widely quoted, but never with a source. I wrote about them in my article “Apocryphal quotes on Taitz web site.”

My fear is that one of the better entries may some day find itself in my email inbox.

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43 Responses to Faux quote challenge

  1. avatar
    Dave February 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    I concur with your trepidation. Misattributions spread like wildfire.

    Besides, there are already so many fine misattributions already out there. Here’s one of my favorites from Abraham Lincoln.

  2. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can fool all of the birthers all of the time.”

    – Abraham LinkedIn

  3. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG February 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    “Derpy Hooves deserves more screen time.”, Harry S. Truman.

  4. avatar
    JPotter February 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Misattributions are the results of, and reinforced by, projection. Thus, they’re always a bit too good, too polished, always examples of the perfect thing a person would have wished they said in the moment. In a word, they’re dull … and say more about eth person citing the ‘quote’ than its supposed source.

    Authentic quotes are always more surprising and informative of the original speaker/writer; for instance:

    What do you think of Monroe’s 1796 critique of your administration, Mr. Washington?

    “Insanity in the extreme!” *

    ______________

    * OK, that was Washington’s reaction to one blurb in a 400+ page book by Monroe, but it’s hilarious (to me) to picture Washington declaring anything to be “insanity!” So humanizing it is :)

  5. avatar
    Thomas Brown February 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Only two things are infinite: the Universe and the stupidity of Birthers. I’m not certain of the former, but the latter give me such a pain you wouldn’t believe.” –Albert Einstein

  6. avatar
    Majority Will February 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

    — Orly Taitz, Mario Apuzzo or Oscar Wilde?

  7. avatar
    Steve February 2, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    “I drank what?”

    Socrates.

  8. avatar
    Keith February 2, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    “Land Shark!”
    – Gerald Ford

  9. avatar
    bovril February 2, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    “I came, I saw, I conquered”

    Mario Apuzzo

  10. avatar
    Bob J February 2, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    “Trust those who seek the truth and doubt those who say they found it.”

    – Mike Zullo
    or maybe it was Thomas Jefferson.

  11. avatar
    Reality Check February 2, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    “Hotter, wetter, tighter”

    - Thomas Jefferson re: Sally Hemings

  12. avatar
    alg February 2, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    “It was only driven by a little old lady from Pasadena to church on Sundays.” – Mike Zullo

  13. avatar
    JPotter February 2, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are both citizens.”

    Emerich de Vattel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Book I, Chapter 19, § 212

  14. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG February 2, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damned lies, and anything that comes out of Mike Zullo’s mouth!”, Mark Twain.

  15. avatar
    Rickey February 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    “Orly Taitz will bury you.” – Nikita Khrushchev

  16. avatar
    JPotter February 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of ancestors who are all citizens, no matter how many they may be; yea, verily, if ye would be natural born, then unto the umpteenth generation, all thy ancestors citizens they must be.”

    King James de Vattel, The Holey Bible of Law for Silly Nations, Ligan 9:1:2008

  17. avatar
    JPotter February 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    “The Constitution was assembled from musings and doodle that Ben Franklin was able to reclaim from Vattel’s cocktail napkins during his time on the Continent. I thought everyone knew that … it’s too obvious to bother denying that America is wholly the product of Old Emmerich’s brain droppings. Ah, Vattel, he passed too soon. The brilliance! The brilliance! The world will never know another.”

    — James Madison, Vattel: A President Remembers, 1821

  18. avatar
    Rickey February 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Speaking of faux quotes, Loren Collins wrote an interesting piece about a prominent faux quote in 2003 and 2004, with an update in 2009. You may have seen this phony quote on right wing websites.

    http://www.lorencollins.net/tytler.html

  19. avatar
    JPotter February 3, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    “He must have been insane to have written so.”

    —John Adams, 1801, regarding everything that would ever written by a birfer

  20. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    “The Birthers, or natural-born idiots, are those born in the country, of parents who are both idiots.”

    Emerich de Vattel, The Loss of Nations

  21. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Benjamin Franklin responding to Orly Taitz’ screeched question, “What kind of governmeent allows thees vexatious defiendant, Obama the Usurpacious persecutorial deescretion to eegnore my home-baked new clear subpoenas?”

    “A Republic, Madam, if you can spell it!”

  22. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    “The most insane Obama Conspiracy Theories, are those born anywhere of parents who are both Orly Taitz.”

    Emerich de Vattel, The Lost of Nations

  23. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    “Birthers who are taught false lessons from history, are bound to repeat them”

    President Obama

  24. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG February 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    A two-for-one special!

    “Orly Taitz’s latest argument was so bad that it gave my polio lupus!”, Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “I’ve seen the future…Any country that spawns the like of birthers just isn’t worth it! lets tell the British that we’re really sorry, and that I personally will replace all that tea!”, George Washington

  25. avatar
    Jim February 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    The Holy Bible: King James Version.

    32. And on the 7th day, God created birthers.

    33. And God said, Behold, I have created ignorant humor, to entertain the masses on their day of rest.

  26. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    “Be careful what you screech for!”

    Unheeded closing line of 2002 Howard Taft Law School Commencement Address

  27. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG February 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    “Optimus Prime stole my bit! What NERVE!”, Teddy Roosevelt after watching the TF4 Superbowl trailer.

  28. avatar
    aarrgghh February 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    “there’s a birfer pwned every minute.”

    pt barnum

  29. avatar
    Jim February 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    “A birther and his money are soon parted” – Mike Zullo

    “We are all born ignorant, but birthers must work hard to remain stupid.” – Benjamin Franklin

    “I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of bigotry brought by the birthers.” – Thomas Jefferson

    “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington commenting on birthers

    “A well-instructed people alone can debunk birther nonsense.” – James Madison

    “New Rule: Conspiracy theorists who are claiming that we didn’t really kill Bin Laden must be reminded that they didn’t think he did the crime in the first place. Come on, nutjobs, keep your bullshit straight: The towers were brought down in a controlled demolition by George W. Bush to distract attention from Hawaii, where CIA operatives were planting phony birth records so that a Kenyan named Barack Obama could someday rise to power and pretend to take out the guy we pretended took out the Towers. And I know that’s true because I just got it in an e-mail from Trump.”
    ― Bill Maher, The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

  30. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    “Believe a halfwit, and you’re halfway there!”

    Sheriff Joe’s praise for his Cold Case Posse’s lead investigator, Mike Zullo.

  31. avatar
    Crustacean February 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    “The purpose of the MCSOCCP is to disrupt Barack Obama’s presidency, and it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charges. If facts are present it aids in the success of the proposal but the CCP feels that disruption can be accomplished without facts to back it up.”

    - Generalissimus Zullo

  32. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    “My only regret is that I had but one unremarkable legal reputation to lose for my Birtherism.”

    Mario Apuzzo

  33. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Dr.Frankenstein verbally fencing with an angry torch-bearing mob of severely man-handled Taft Law School faculty members: “Well, at least I didn’t create an Orly Taitz Esquire!”

  34. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG February 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    “We have a better chance of seeing Half Life 3 being released in our lifetime, than Orly Taitz has of winning a single case.”, Winston Churchill

  35. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    Winston Churchill’s dedication speech for the Obama Presidential Library:

    “Now this is not the end of the Birthers. It is not even the beginning of the end of the Birthers. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning Birthers!”

  36. avatar
    Benji Franklin February 4, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Orly Taitz, admonishing a collapsed unconscious bystander and both attendees at her record-setting Billion Birther March on Washington:

    “We have nothing to fear, except Spell-Check itself.

  37. avatar
    justlw February 4, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    “Under no circumstances should it be believed that 14th Amendment citizens were intended to become President.”
    – Daniel Webster

  38. avatar
    justlw February 4, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    “The 2nd Amendment is the bulwark freedom erects against the tyranny of the White House. I’m sorry, what was that, Aaron, what do you mean, ‘Are you read–’”
    – Alexander Hamilton

  39. avatar
    justlw February 4, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    “Let me finish!”
    – Norm Abram

  40. avatar
    Lupin February 4, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    “In retrospect, my biggest mistake was sending Orly Taitz to Berlin to prevent the fall of the wall. She was an incompetent hag.”

    Vladimir Putin – My KGB Years.

  41. avatar
    The Magic M February 4, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    “1. All white persons…”.

    Fourteenth Amendment, US Constitution, Birther Edition, 2008.

    “The United States will either be a white people’s country or will not be at all.”

    Jerome Corsi, Orly Taitz, Joseph Farah – The Birther Manifesto
    (bonus points to who knows whose quote this fake quote satirizes)

  42. avatar
    justlw February 4, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    “I don’t understand why you keep taking out the part about birth certificates. I have a bad feeling about this.”
    – John Jay

  43. avatar
    justlw February 4, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    NOTIFY KEY OPERATOR. WINK WINK.
    – Roxy7655