[Ads-l] Quote: There are really no dull subjects. There are only dull writers. (Richard Le Gallienne, April 24, 1991)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 3 15:00:46 UTC 2016

The essential reference "The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs" has an
entry for the following expression:

There are no dull subjects, just dull writers (teachers, students).

I was asked to explore this saying and its (apparently spurious)
attribution to H. L. Mencken.

DMP gave an excellent citation dated December 9, 1922 and traced the
proverb back to George Horace Lorimer who was the editor of "The
Saturday Evening Post". I have located a slightly earlier citation
dated April 24, 1921 in a book review written by Richard Le Gallienne;
he might be the coiner.

There Are Really No Dull Subjects, Only Dull Writers


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