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Megan McArdle

Great Quote. A Little Too Great.

Mark Twain probably didn't say that.
Churchill probably didn't say it either.

Churchill probably didn't say it either.

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I got that quote from Jon Winokur's Advice to Writers page. It is indeed great advice for writers. However, I'm pretty sure that it was not written or said by Mark Twain.

Longtime readers know that I have a minor interest in investigating fake quotes and documents, and a decent spidey sense for catching them. (Indeed, one of my most popular posts was on a fake Martin Luther King quote that went viral right after we got Osama bin Laden.) So what sets off the spidey sense?