"Make no little plans"

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu May 9 14:48:29 UTC 2002

Thanks, Sal, for calming the usual riled waters.  But "nothing to fash
about"--new to me: meaning and source?

At 04:10 PM 5/8/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> >
> >    Another NYT error:  It's Daniel Hudson BURNHAM, not BURHAM.  I have
> told this to the New York Times.  But again, this involves a dead
> person.  You can spell his name any way you want, or write that he said
> or did anything without fear of being sued.  So why issue a correction if
> it's wrong?
> >    From FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS by John Bartlett, 16th edition, pg. 555,
> col. 1:
> >
> >    _Daniel Hudson Burnham_
> >       1846-1912
> >    Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's
> blood.   _Attributed_*
> >
> > *This quotation is now doubted.  See HENRY M. SAYLOR, "'Make No Little
> Plans': Daniel Burnham Thought It but Did He Say It?," _Journal of the
> American Institute of Architects_, 27 (1957): 3.
> >
> > (Watch your NEW YORK TIMES corrections box, page two, for the next four
> days--ed.)
>Seems to me it was just a copyeditor's mistake as Burnham's name
>was spelt correctly a few sentences later. Nothing to fash about.
>"He hired Daniel H. Burham, who had been an architectural
>consultant to the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and was part of
>the Chicago School of architecture. Burnham's genius was to take
>advantage of the opportunity presented by the stand-alone site.
>Following his motto, "Make no little plans — they have not the
>power to stir men's blood," Burnham chose a noble geometric form
>and then raised it 21 stories."
>useful links for writers:

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
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