During the research for my previous post, I came across a bumper sticker that attributed the quotation in question to John Maynard Keynes. When I informed the purveyor that the quotation was not from Keynes’s oeuvre, they replied:
Well, that is sad. It seems that making things up has been a major accomplishment of the electronic age. We will probably keep the saying but remove the attribution. This seems to be happening a lot more than it used to. Thanks.
Here’s their updated bumper sticker.
A small victory for truth, justice, and scholarship.
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Update 8/13/09: One month later, the bumper sticker is still being sold online with the attribution.