"False quotations are the bane of the internet," said Thomas Jefferson. I tend to agree. But there's a particular breed of quotation error in which I delight. It's the one where the really smart media people attribute to their favorite literary or political figures something that is actually from the Bible.
A few months ago, the New York Times wrote something about the death of Paris bookseller George Whitman:
He welcomed visitors with large-print messages on the walls. “Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise,” was one, quoting Yeats. Next to a wishing well at the center of the store, a sign said: “Give what you can, take what you need. George.” By his own estimate, he lodged some 40,000 people.
The Associated Press and NPR all had the same problem. Kind of weird (the line's from Hebrews).
But the Washington Post today has a good one:
[Apple chief executive Tim] Cook also skillfully fielded questions on bringing jobs back to the United States (Will they come back? He “hopes so.”) and said he wanted to work more with Facebook (“stay tuned”). He told the audience that Apple’s recent philanthropic work would go even further; quoting John F. Kennedy, Cook said, “ ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ ”
Try Jesus in Luke 12:48.