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27 Jan 2005 14:28 PST
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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.
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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 order'. And he was." http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.sys.amiga.misc/msg/39533ca88e86b980?dmode=source
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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