Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Is That Internet Quote Real?

People love to use Facebook and other social media sites to motivate and inspire themselves and others. One way they do that is with quotes. Frequently, the quotes are completely wrong. I usually google a quote the first time I see it to find out if it's correct and attributed to the right person. Judging by how frequently these wrong quotes are shared and forwarded, many people attach a lot more credibility to postings of their friends than they deserve.

I recently discovered a blog devoted to the sometimes tedious work of researching popular quotes called Quote Investigator.

"What is the purpose of this website? This blog records the investigatory work of Garson O’Toole who diligently seeks the truth about quotations. Who really said what? This question often cannot be answered with complete finality, but approximate solutions can be iteratively improved over time.Who uses this website? Articles on the Quote Investigator website have been cited by journalists and writers at The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Jacksonville Times-Union, A Way With Words (Public Radio Program), ABC Television News, ABC (Australia), and more."

I recommend Quote Investigator.