Press

  • Thoughts on the Business of Quotes
    Forbes Karl Shmavonian The editor of Forbes’s venerable quotes page reflects on the hazards of his profession. “Misquotation is the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes a …
  • Whose quote is it anyway?
    Galveston Country Daily News (Texas) By Cathy Gillentine I got a new book at the Boston convention that I am just now getting around to looking at. It was worth the wait. It’s called, “The Quote Verif …
  • The Last Word on Who Said It First
    Lakeland Ledger (Florida) By Lonnie Brown The Coffee Guzzlers Club members had kindly asked our waitress for refills. “Show me the money,” she mumbled on her way by. Nevermore, the club’s pet raven an …
  • Golf needs a fresh broadcasting swing
    Buffalo News
  • Who Said That?
    Bark Magazine By Ralph Keyes Originally appearing in Issue #37, Jul/Aug 2006 We are no less likely to be vague about the origins of quotations about dogs than we are to be vague about the origins of q …
  • You Don't Say…
    San Diego Magazine
  • He Says They Didn't Say So
    Knoxville News-Sentinel By Sam Venable I’ve been planning this for weeks, ever since I happened upon a copy of “The Quote Verifier” by Ralph Keyes in the reference department of Lawson McGhee Library. …
  • America's history is littered with misquotes
    Syracuse Post-Standard By Frank Herron Independence Day brings with it a celebration of this country’s Founding Fathers and other giants of American history. The reputation of these famous people is o …
  • Book Buzz: Get your quota of quotes
    Seattle Times By Mary Ann Gwinn, book editor Thanks to “The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where and When” by Ralph Keyes (St. Martin’s Press, $15.95), I may be as close as I’ll ever get to finding ou …
  • Many Famous Lines Aren't Exactly What People Said, New Book Concludes
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette By Cristina Rouvalis Say it ain’t so. A crestfallen boy didn’t tell “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” And Mark Twain likely didn’t coin “The coldest winter I ever …
  • Misquoting
    Toronto Globe and Mail By Michael Kesterton Why is it so easy to get quotations wrong? “Our memory wants quotations to be better than they usually were, and said by the person we want to have said the …
  • Ask Not Where This Quote Came From
    Washington Post By Ralph Keyes Political figures routinely get their quotations wrong. No modern politician has stood out quite so much in this regard as John F. Kennedy. JFK loved to pepper his speec …
  • As Plato famously said, 'Show me the money!'
    Herald-Times (Bloomington, IN) By Mike Leonard One of author Ralph Keyes’ favorite examples of the erroneous or spurious attribution of quotes is the oft-repeated line, “Show me the money!” from the m …
  • Who Said It? Not Yogi
    Chicago Sun-Times By James Kilpatrick In 1953 the New York Yankees won their fifth World Series in a row. Their popular catcher, Yogi Berra, took it in stride. “It’s deja vu all over again,” he said. …
  • Misspeak, memory
    Boston Globe By Jan Freeman AS COMMENCEMENT SEASON peaks this month, students across the nation are hearing, from keynote speakers great and small, the recycled wisdom of their forebears. And those sp …
  • Press-Quote Primer
    New book explains famous sayings, including journalistic ones Editor & Publisher By Dave Astor Curious about the origin of such phrases as “Journalism is the first draft of history”? Then you shou …
  • Notable Quotables
    The New Yorker By Louis Menand Ralph Keyes [is] a quotation specialist and the author of “The Quote Verifier” (St. Martin’s; $15.95). “Misquotation is an occupational hazard of quotation,” Keyes advis …
  • NPR Talk of the Nation
    Hear Ralph speaking with Neal Conan on NPR’s Talk of the Nation from July 4, 2006. And last Monday I cited a quotation which I attributed to P.T. Barnum. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the int …