Three Stages of Quotation

An aphorism widely attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), which he almost surely never said (in German or otherwise): "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Yes, and so: "All famous quotations pass through three stages. First, they are garbled or concocted. Second, they are widely repeated. Third, they are debunked."

And no, I never said that!

^z - 2013-12-10