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13 September 2010 @ 08:55 pm
Source for "Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Study hard. Be Evil."?  
Instant Attitudes has it on a bumper sticker; a friend saw it on a t-shirt.

Who said it first? My friend is trying to track down a source; he says the web says Mark Twain, but that doesn't really sound like a Twain quote. He thinks it might be from Sluggy Freelance, but I have no clue.

Any ideas?
 
 
 
fatcookfatcook on September 14th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Well according to Webster and Thinkexist.com: Twain.

I personal favorite is: All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat.


















Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 14th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Could I get a link to the Webster entry, please? Many thanks!
fatcookfatcook on September 14th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
No link, sorry. Soft back copy from our reference shelf. Full title:
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Quotations. I could check the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations but I don't know if that has an online copy either.
aedificaaedifica on September 14th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
It definitely sounds like a Sluggy Freelance thing, but I don't dispute the person who says it's Twain. Though actually, maybe I do: the concept could certainly be Twain, but the wording doesn't sound like him.
eyverskaeyverska on September 14th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
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