11 Famous Misquotations and What Was Really Said

“11 Famous Misquotations and What Was Really Said”—from mental_floss:

1. “Billions and billions.” Carl Sagan never said this, and he even explained that he never said it in the first chapter of his book, which, incidentally, was titled Billions & Billions:

“Oh, I said there are maybe 100 billion galaxies and 10 billion trillion stars. It’s hard to talk about the Cosmos without using big numbers…But I never said ‘billions and billions.’ For one thing, it’s too imprecise.”

The quote actually originated from Johnny Carson’s impression of Sagan.

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Blog alert: “All Aphorisms, All The Time”

I found this site—All Aphorisms, All The Time—via the always attentive Frank Wilson at Books, Inc—The Epilogue. I particularly liked Polish dissident Stanislaw Lec’s

Politics: a Trojan Horse race

“Fair Use”

From Tom Conoboy’s writing blog: Faulkner’s estate sues Woody Allen.

Heavy handed indeed.

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20 Famous Writers on Death and Mortality

From Flavorwire, their introductory remarks:

Today marks the publication of Mortality, confrontational journalist Christopher Hitchens’ posthumous work about his experiences with the cancer that killed him. We’ve lost a lot of great minds recently — Nora Ephron, Maurice Sendak, David Rakoff, and Hitch himself — and we think this end-of-life memoir in essays, full of Hitchens’ trademark wit and his clear-eyed dissection of life as he sees it, may just heal us a little bit, as books tend to do. To celebrate the book’s publication, and to help recalibrate our own perspectives on the loss of so many of our intellectual heroes, we’ve put together this selection of passages on death and mortality from a few of our favorite authors. Read through after the jump, and since there are an infinite number of these, add your own favorite to our collection in the comments.

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10 Quotes From Christopher Hitchens

See all ten at the Christian Science Monitor. Here are number two and number seven:

2. Hitchens on Michael Moore

“Europeans think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on,” Hitchens said of the filmmaker. “And they’ve taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities.”

7. Hitchens on writing

“Everybody does have a book in them,” Hitchens said. “But in most cases, that’s where it should stay.”


Update: Link fixed now

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