bogus Horatian quote?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 19 01:09:09 UTC 2012

86,000 websites claim that the Roman poet Horace once said, "A good
scare is worth more than good advice."

He may have said it, but I doubt he wrote it down. Origin?

The earliest appearance I find is in the form of a humorous, anonymous
squib on p. 1 of the Frederick, Md., _News_ (Oct. 6, 1953).


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

The American Dialect Society -

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