[Ads-l] Groucho--really?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 10 14:07:00 EST 2017


Groucho died in 1977. The target quotation was attributed to him by
August 30, 1972. I will post more details later (unless someone finds
an earlier citation). Garson

On Fri, 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.
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> I suppose it’s not impossible that Groucho said such a thing in his sad dotage, but the tenor is awfully un-Marxian. 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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