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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 3 16:21:16 UTC 2016

And then there's the spinoff, in various flavors of punchline:

There are no stupid questions, only...

[wait for it]

...stupid answers 
...stupid people
...inquisitive idiots

The first version is attributed to Einstein, as in http://memegenerator.net/instance/63777802.  The other two aren't.


> On Mar 3, 2016, at 10:00 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 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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