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In the marketplace of wisdom

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Henry Stanley Haskins

“What lies follow us and what lies
precede us are nothing
compared to the lies within us.”

Without qualm I misattribute
this misquote to Dr. Phil, who misread
a website dedicated to Henry

David Thoreau, misremembered
the source as Ralph Waldo
Emerson, and misreported

it thus: “What lies behind us
and what lies in front of us pales
in comparison to what lies within us.”


One response to “In the marketplace of wisdom”

  1. I saw a charming aphorism on Facebook this morning and was intrigued by the double-meaning possibilities. The copy editor in me insists on due diligence (the saying was both misquoted and misattributed), and a little fact-checking took me down quite the rabbit hole. You can follow the trail yourself here: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/01/11/what-lies-within/.

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