What Do These Three Quotes Have in Common?

Quote #1:

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.

Quote #2:

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.

Quote #3:

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?

6 responses to “What Do These Three Quotes Have in Common?

  1. Damn.

    Play it again, Sam.
    Judy, Judy, Judy.
    Elementary, my dear Watson.
    Greed is good.
    Beam me up, Scotty.

    The list just gtiws and grows. I think it was George Carlin whose website had a whole list of things that were ascribed to him all over the internet but which he never actually said.

  2. I want to know who quote 2 is attributed to. Sounds like something one of the Miss America pageant contestants would say.

    • More or less. It’s from Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, during the Miss Teen USA pageant. She was answering the question, “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

      To be fair to Ms. Upton, I think her answer had more to do with her nervousness than her intelligence (or lack thereof).

  3. This has barely anything to do with your post, but it made me think of this. I found an interesting interpretation of British rule over India and its independence (mentioning Gandhi was what derailed my train of thoughts). If you feel like a 10 minute read, here it is.

    Also, Congrats on your new job!!

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