沪江英语 2015-08-17 11:47 浏览2038次

We love quotes from famous dead people. Words just sound more important when they’re coming from the mouths of important historical figures. And when we need that extra dash of moral authority, Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most quotable. But as Gandhi once said, “Half my quotes on Pinterest are fake。”


Below we have seven quotes that you may have seen attributed to Gandhi on social media recently. But they’re all fake。


1. Be the change you wish to see in the world。


This is perhaps the most famous fake Gandhi quote on the internet. But there’s no evidence he actually said those exact words. The New York Times pointed out in 2011 that the quote is conveniently short enough to fit on a bumper sticker, but it’s merely paraphrasing something Gandhi actually said。


2. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind。


According to the Yale Book of Quotations:


“‘An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind’ is frequently attributed to M. K. Gandhi. The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence states that the Gandhi family believes it is an authentic Gandhi quotation, but no example of its use by the Indian leader has ever been discovered。”


3. Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever。


Versions of this quote show up in print as early as 1867, where it is more commonly repeated as “Study as if you were to die tomorrow.。。” rather than “live。” Gandhi was born in 1869, making it impossible that this quote originated with him。

这句引言早在1867年就已出版,一开始通常是说“学习吧,就像你明天就要死去一样…”而不是“珍惜生命吧。” 甘地出生于1869年,所以说这句话不可能是他说的。

4. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win。


No, Gandhi never said this one either. This quote actually appears to come from an American labor organizer named Nicholas Klein who was making a speech at a convention in 1918:


“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you。”


5. I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ。


This quote has actually become popular in some Christian circles to implore followers that they should “be like Jesus。” But there’s no evidence that Gandhi ever said this。


A similar quote appears to be from an Indian philosopher named Bara Dada. The full quote from Dada appears to be from the mid-1920s: “Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians, you are not like him。”


6. Interviewer: “What do you think of Western Civilization?” Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea。”

采访者:“你是如何看待西方文明的?” 甘地:“我认为这主意不错。”

This is another incredibly famous quote that has been linked to Gandhi for decades。


The first known mention of this quote is in a CBS documentary from 1967, nearly 20 years after Gandhi’s death。


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