[Ads-l] Groucho--really?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 10 13:14:17 EST 2017

> On Mar 10, 2017, at 12:39 PM, GEOFFREY NUNBERG <nunbergg at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> The following quotation is widely ascribed to Groucho Marx:
>> I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
> I suppose it’s not impossible that Groucho said such a thing in his sad dotage, but the tenor is awfully un-Marxian.

Yes, it certainly doesn’t seem to sit well with the other classic Marxist doctrines, e.g. “Why a duck”, “…Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read”, and of course the philosophers’ favorite, “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member”


> Can anybody help to trace the actual source of the quote—or what’s really more interesting (if I’m right), its first misattribution?
> Geoff
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