[Ads-l] Request help with "The Fortnightly" and quotation "If fifty million people say a foolish thing it is still a foolish thing"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 19 16:41:34 UTC 2020

The request to access the citation in "The Fortnightly" has now been
satisfied. The citation data was ok. Many thanks to Jerilyn Marshall
and the Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa.

A Quote Investigator article on this topic has been updated with an
Garson O'Toole

On Sun, Dec 13, 2020 at 11:54 AM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The quotation in the subject line is usually attributed to Nobel
> Prize-Winning author Anatole France. I've written a QI article about
> this topic listing pertinent citations beginning with a semantic match
> in 1766. Feedback welcome:
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2020/12/12/foolish/
> In this message I am requesting help with the verification of an
> important citation in  "The Fortnightly" journal of London in 1937.
> The data below was extracted from snippets displayed by Google Books;
> hence, this data may be inaccurate.
> Date: July 1937
> Periodical: The Fortnightly
> Volume 148
> Article: The Technique of Social Health
> Author: George Catlin
> Start Page 412, Quote Page 415,
> Publisher: Fortnightly Review Offices, London.
> Database: Google Books Snippet
> Note: Not yet verified; metadata and text extracted from snippets
> [Begin excerpt]
> As Anatole France sagely remarked, if fifty million people say a
> foolish thing it is still a foolish thing.
> [End excerpt]

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