Whose Line Is It Anyway…

“Clever lines routinely travel from obscure mouths to prominent ones”

– Ralph Keyes in “The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When”

I came across this line in the context of a famous quote:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” which is commonly attributed to Aristotle.

Actually it is a quote by philosopher Will Durant and not Aristotle.

But it is much more convenient and credible to attribute anything to Aristotle. 

This tendency has become even more common in the age of Social Media, where you can forward anything with just a few movements of fingers – without bothering to verify or check facts.

Here is a nice way to demonstrate that…

It also raises an important question. Is WHO as important as WHAT or WHY?

Shakespeare said: “What’s in a name?”

The thought on excellence is more important or the person who said it is equally important? It’s a debatable point and there is no simple and single answer. But I would say that who said it is also equally important in most cases.

Trust me. Because I say so 🙂

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