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Subject: Quotation
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: pakorrwk-ga
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Posted: 27 Jan 2005 14:28 PST
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Question ID: 464460
Looking for the original author of the quotation "Things do not merely
happen, they are made to happen."  It has been attributed to John F.
Kennedy but I wrote it down in my diary in the early 1940s so I think
it was either Thoreau or Franklin Roosevelt.  Thank you for your help.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Quotation
From: pinkfreud-ga on 27 Jan 2005 14:54 PST
Here a similar quote is attributed to Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

"To those who believe that a chaotic world is a more plausible
explanation for wierd [sic] happenings, I can only point to the
following remark by F.D.R. before the first world war: 'Things in
politics do not just happen; they are made to happen...I will be
Secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, and president, in that
And he was."
Subject: Re: Quotation
From: pakorrwk-ga on 01 Feb 2005 20:09 PST
Thank you. I'll have to accept that the quote I copied so long ago
could be an edited version of FDR's statement.  However, in that my
family were staunch Republicans, I am still suspicious that I found it
somewhere in Thoreau.  Perhaps FDR read it first there.  I'm sure John
F. Kennedy was a student of FDR so that would explain why researchers
have wrongly attributed it to him.  The exact words I wrote were: 
"Things do not merely happen, they are made to happen."  Sounds more
like a Thoreau or Emerson wording to me!  Thanks, again.

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