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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:36 pm 
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Hi everybody! This is my first post here. I think it's a very useful forum. I need some help... Does anyone know the exact source of the following Eleanor Roosevelt's quote?

Do one thing every day that scares you

It's very important....
Does it come from her biography *This is my story*? If so, from which chapter?

Sorry for my possibly mistakes, but I am not English.


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The quote is not attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt but to Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago (ILL.) Tribune.

There is an interesting story behind this quote. Schmich wrote a "Commencement Address" to the young and it was misattributed to the author Kurt Vonnegut in an urban legend online that received wide attention some years ago.

Check here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wear_Sunscreen
http://www.wesselenyi.com/speech.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Schmich


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Phaedrus wrote:
The quote is not attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt but to Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago (ILL.) Tribune.


Hi Phaedrus and thanks for helping. That's something very strange.... I found that the quote was attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt just on this website! Anyway, couldn't it be that E. Roosevelt first said it and then Mary Schmich wrote it again? There are a lot of websites on the Internet that refer to E. Roosevelt...


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I contacted Schmich via email and she claims the quote. How it got attached to Roosevelt is a complete mystery to her. I imagine it somehow got attached due to the Vonnegut apeech.

Great quotes have a way of getting themselves attached to famous people. It sounds better if it is attached to Eleanor Roosevelt than to "Mary Schmich." A perfect example is the '60s quote, "You can't trust anyone over thirty." It has been attributed to everyone from Abbe Hoffman, Mark Rudd, and Jerry Rubin but was actually attributed to a person named Jack Weinberg.

The internet is full of misquotes, misattributions, and spurious sayings.


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Phaedrus wrote:
I contacted Schmich via email and she claims the quote. How it got attached to Roosevelt is a complete mystery to her. I imagine it somehow got attached due to the Vonnegut apeech.

Great quotes have a way of getting themselves attached to famous people. It sounds better if it is attached to Eleanor Roosevelt than to "Mary Schmich." A perfect example is the '60s quote, "You can't trust anyone over thirty." It has been attributed to everyone from Abbe Hoffman, Mark Rudd, and Jerry Rubin but was actually attributed to a person named Jack Weinberg.

The internet is full of misquotes, misattributions, and spurious sayings.


Thanks for your great help again.
I suppose the author of her quote on this site has to be corrected. I can't put here the right link because I have not been registered for more than 10 days.


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Thanks for share with us !!!!!


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Baie21 wrote:
Thanks for share with us !!!!!

Another philosopher!


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