Quote Investigator

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Quote Investigator (QI) is an American blog written by Gregory F. Sullivan under the pseudonym of Garson O'Toole (which he apparently prefers to be cited under for his quotation work).[1][2] O'Toole has also written Hemingway Didn't Say That, a book examining famous misquotations; it is based on work published at Quote Investigator.[3][4][5] He is also a major contributor to The Yale Book of Quotations.[6]

As his blog's name suggests, he uses it to document his investigations into the origins of various quotations.[7] QI contains over 1,300 such entries.[8] It can often be a useful source when examining or citing popular quotes in general that could be contentious, or even the true source of misattributed, banal truisms; though as we all know, the Internet never misquotes anyone.[citation NOT needed] Popular quote-aggregator sites like Goodreads or Brainyquote would never![5][9][10]

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  1. Niraj Chokshi (April 26, 2017). "That Wasn't Mark Twain: How a Misquotation Is Born". The New York Times. (Archived).
  2. Lucia Geng (June 22, 2018). "Ivanka Trump's Chinese proverb ahead of Singapore summit doesn't check out". Politifact.
  3. McKenzie Sadeghi (July 12, 2021). "Fact check: Conflicting reports surrounding purported Carl Sagan quote". USA Today.
  4. (April 26, 2017). "Granta's Best Young American Novelists, the Global Novel, and More". Poets & Writers.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Cheadle (April 3, 2017). "All Your Favorite Famous Quotations Are Fake". VICE News.
  6. Susan Gonzalez (August 18, 2021). "You can quote us: The New Yale Book of Quotations is on its way". YaleNews.
  7. Sharon Rickson (November 22, 2013). "How to Research a Quotation". New York Public Library.
  8. "Quotation Experts". Library of Congress.
  9. Lev Raphael (January 22, 2017). "Why Does Goodreads Tout Fake Quotes?". HuffPost.
  10. Rebecca Seales (November 13, 2017). "Let's save Maya Angelou from fake quotes". BBC News.