Rollin’ in hella deep,
headed to the mezzanine
Dressed in all pink
’cept my gator shoes, those are green
Draped in a leopard mink,
girl standing next to me
Probably should’ve washed this,
smells like R. Kelly’s sheets.
I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
What do all three of these quotes have in common?
The answer, of course, is that Mohandas Gandhi never said any of them.
That’s right. The most famous Gandhi quote in the world (or at least the US, anyway) – the one gracing T-shirts, bookmarks, and every other piece of merchandise we can slap it on – didn’t actually come from the man himself. Apparently it’s from his grandson, Arun Gandhi, who was paraphrasing.
According to the New York Times, the actual quote is:
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.
Now, to be fair, that’s a roughly similar sentiment; and the shorter version is easier to remember, more elegant (in my opinion), and still contains a powerful idea.
But still, if you’re going to quote the Mahatma, shouldn’t you at least get the words right?