I always feel gratified when someone links back to one of my quotations here as a sign that this site isn’t just scratching a personal itch, but is actually of use. Another site that is invaluable in delving into the sources of poorly (or conflictingly) cited quotations is Garson O’Toole’s Quote Investigator. I recently tweeted him into any info he had on a quotation frequently misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but in reality belonging to Mary Schmich. He looked into it and posted his findings here. He was also kind enough to say this:
Great thanks to Dave Hill who asked about this saying, and its ascription to Eleanor Roosevelt. Hill runs the website “WIST: Wish I’d Said That!” which presents a valuable collection of quotations and citations.
Now that’s something I feel proud about seeing in print. O’Toole’s frequently led me to the truth behind stubborn “(Attributed)” quotations, so it’s a bit of a thrill to get a nice shout-out from him.
(The title for this post is a line from Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, and George Lucas, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).)