"Nice Guys Finish Seventh": False Phrases, Spurious Sayings, and Familiar Misquotations

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 1992 - Quotations - 273 pages
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curtain," and never said, "blood, sweat and tears." Hundreds of such examples illustrate Keyes's Immutable Law of Misquotation: Misquotes drive out real quotes. "Certain things demand to be said," he writes, "said in a certain way, and by the right person. Whether such comments are accurate is beside the point." Keyes confirms that William Tecumseh Sherman didn't say, "War is hell." Nor did he vow, "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve." According.

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Ralph Keyes is the author of ten books and numerous articles for" Newsweek, Harper's, GQ," and other publications. A writing teacher for over thirty years, Keyes is a trustee of the Antioch Writers' Workshop. He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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