[Ads-l] Warning to Quotographers: Suspicious Hemingway byline in Playboy

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 12 15:05:20 EDT 2017

I received two requests to examine the following quotation which is
often ascribed to Ernest Hemingway:

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true
nobility is being superior to your former self.

An instance appears in the April 1897 issue of "Ethical Addresses".
This date was two years before the birth of Hemingway. Earlier
citations would be welcome.

An instance also appears in the January 1963 issue of Playboy magazine
within an article titled "A Man’s Credo" with the byline Ernest
Hemingway. However, English Professor Peter L. Hays, a Hemingway
specialist, believes that the byline is false.

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