antedating of Grantland Rice quote

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 9 13:31:16 UTC 2011

Like others, YBQ dates sportswriter Grantland Rice's most famous lines to

"All wars are planned by old men
In council rooms apart."

However, Rice's poem, "The Two Sides of War," appeared nine years earlier in
the New York Tribune (March 26, 1921), p. 11. In that version, the phrase in
line one is "older men."

The poem was accurately reprinted the following day in the Wichita Daily
Times (Wichita Falls, Tex.), Sec. I, p. 12.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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