[Ads-l] Quote: First they ignore you; then . . . and then you win

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 14 17:11:08 UTC 2017

Over the years I have been sent many requests to investigate a
quotation attributed to Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they
laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Now there is an
entry on the QI website:

First They Ignore You, Then They Laugh at You, Then They Attack You,
Then You Win

[Begin acknowledgement]
Great thanks to Jason Zweig, Adam H. Johnson, Carl V. Phillips, Rich
Greenhill, Paul Rauber, Chris Oestereich, Mike Elias, Marcas Ó Duinn,
Mise Áine whose remarks and inquiries led QI to formulate this
question and perform this exploration. Also thanks to the pioneering
research of Barry Popik, the volunteer Wikiquote editors, Dan Evon of
Snopes, and C. Eugene Emery Jr. of PolitiFact. In addition, thanks to
the librarian at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection in
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania who helped verify the 1982 citation. Further,
thanks to the members of the Wombat community who helped verify the
1968 citation. Also, thanks to Dan Bye for research on the Tony Benn
quotation. Thanks to Donna Halper, Thomas Fuller, and Sue Kamm; Halper
provided a helpful suggestion for verifying the 1982 citation.
[End acknowledgment]


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