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January 11, 2010

You can fool almost all the people – about some Lincoln quotations


FAMOUS QUOTE:

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can not fool all the people all of the time.”
       Attributed to Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 
       Supposedly from a speech he gave in Clinton, Illinois in 1858
       (In fact, he never said it.)

POLITICAL COUNTERQUOTE:

“The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.”
       Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960) 
       American journalist and humorist
       In his book Nods and Becks (1944)

MOVIE COUNTERQUOTE:

“You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough.”
       Joseph E. Levine (1905-1987)
       American film producer
       Quoted in Halliwell’s Filmgoer’s Companion (1984)

TV COUNTERQUOTE:

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, and those are very good odds.”
       James Garner, as Bret Maverick
       In the “Shady Deal at Sunny Acres” episode of Maverick
       First broadcast November 23, 1958


MUSIC COUNTERQUOTE:

“Half of the people can be part right all of the time,
Some of the people can be all right part of the time.
I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
‘I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours,’
I said that.”
       Bob Dylan (b. 1941)
       Legendary songwriter, musician, poet, actor, radio show host….
       In his song “Talkin’ World War III Blues” (1963)


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