Do you want to know one of the most annoying things about social media? Anyone can make up a claim or attribute a quote to someone and muddy the waters of what actually happened and what did not. This makes fact-checking a difficult endeavor for anyone, journalists aside! You'd be surprised how many people out there might actually believe me if I told them Abraham Lincoln declared, "Bacon is protected by federal law" before delivering the Gettysburg Address. You might think that's silly, but these are human beings we're talking about... you know, that annoying species? Do you really have faith in humanity? Do you?
After Redditor pretendstoknow––the username totally checks out––asked the online community, "What popular quote is complete BS?" people weighed in with comments about famous quotes and even some of the advice they've received over the years. Yes, proverbs can be foolish, too!
"Love means never having to say you're sorry."
Love means saying you're sorry all the time. If you can't admit you're wrong, your relationship will fail to thrive.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."
Just because they can't hurt you physically doesnt mean they can't scar you mentally.
"Good things come to those who wait."
In reality, good things come to those who go out and earn rather than lounging around waiting for something to happen.
"Kinda well known..."
Kinda well known, but, Marie Antoinette never said "Let Them Eat Cake". She actually said brioche, a milky, more expensive bread, pleading to the rich to buy those so there would be bread left for the poor.
"No one has ever..."
Albert Einstein, on Insanity:
"The the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."
No one has ever been able to find positive attribution for this quote.
"We're supposed to believe..."
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger".
We're supposed to believe that enduring horrible things will make us more capable, more resilient people. But a lot of the time it's just not true. Some harsh experiences have no value at all.
"Most people who I hear saying this..."
"Everything happens for a reason"
Most people who I hear saying this mean that the reason comes AFTER the thing. Kinda like when someone says "when a door closes, a window opens". But it's BS. The reasons for things happening come BEFORE the things and thinking otherwise is foolish. Take some responsibility!!
"Yes there is."
"There is no such thing as can't!"
Yes there is. Some people can't do certain things. That's ok. One of the few cool things about people is we all have our unique abilities to offer, and that includes acknowledging our weaknesses. You can only give yourself so much time before acknowledging something isn't for you, and moving on to something you are good at.
"It sounds profound..."
"It's always the last place you look."
It sounds profound, but it's literally just that when you find it, you're not looking anywhere else because you've already found it.
"I guess in this case..."
We recently discussed this quote in class, commonly attributed to Stephen Hawking: "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge." Accdg to QuoteInvestigator, the quote can only actually be properly cited to a US Congress Librarian, Daniel J. Boorstin, in a Washington Post interview, albeit with slightly different wording: "The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge." Yet even he says this is an aphorism to the words of a historian, Edward Gibbon.
I guess in this case, different people can have the same thought/idea and that's fine. If you're using quotes for papers/reports, try finding proper sources for it.
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