[Ads-l] “Set the world on fire”?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 1 15:44:05 UTC 2017

I like the idea of everybody paying homage to me, but I'm pretty sure that the writer's claim that I coined the term "quote magnet" is wrong.  It was probably used by Ralph Keyes or Nigel Rees.

Fred Shapiro

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Subject: “Set the world on fire”?

Sorry, St. Ignatius [of Loyola] never said that (or these other famous
Jesuit quotes)


Not especially interesting, though the author does - as should we all - pay
homage* to Fred.

*As is the the case with "spade" and "shovel," the distinction between
"homage" and "hommage" has also pretty much disappeared.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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