What is the most popular scene in the Bible? Adam and Eve biting the apple. It’s not there.

Plato never wrote his most famous line: ‘Only the dead have seen the end of war.’

Don Quichote de la Mancha never said: ‘Let the dogs bark, Sancho. It’s sign we are on track.’

Voltaire’s best-known line was not said or written by him: ‘I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel never wrote: ‘All theory is grey, my friend, but green is the tree of life.’

Sherlock Holmes never said: ‘Elementary, my dear Watson.’

In none of his books or pamphlets did Lenin write: ‘The ends justify the means.’

Bertolt Brecht was not the author of his most oft-cited poem: ‘First they came for the Communists / and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist …’

And neither was Jorge Luis Borges the author of his best-known poem: ‘If I could live my life over / I would try to make more mistakes …’

stem: eduardo galeano
perspectief: today, april 23, world book day, it wouldn’t hurt to recall that the history of literature is an unceasing paradox
titel: fame is baloney
bron: children of the days: a calendar of human history (2013, transl. mark fried)
mopw: meerstemmige encyclopedie / appel