What is Quote Fail all about?

People love to pass on Quote Images via Facebook, Tumblr, etc. Many people see a photo of a person with words on it attributed to the person in the photo and most people don't even question whether or not those words were really said by that person! We've all done it, mostly because we all just assume someone wouldn't knowingly create one of these images with a fake quote. 

Unfortunately.... that is becoming more and more common. For example, this quote from "Friedrich Nietzsche" is not a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche. Even though it uses word construction that is more reminiscient of a 15 year old on the Internet, as opposed to a German Philosopher from the 1800s, it's easy to enjoy the sentiment and click Share to pass it along.

QuoteFail.com is a resource for you to check quickly the validity of a quote. If you find a quote you are skeptical about, please post it here and we'll check it out for you!

QuoteFail contains many political quote memes but is non-partisan. We aren't making a statement about truthfulness or goodness of the content of the quote, we are only checking the validity of who made the statement (and/or whether it was edited and taken out of context in order to say something it does not say).

For example, this quote from "Barack Obama" was passed around on the Internet among supporters and non-supporters alike. Interestingly, supporters appeared to like the quote a lot and non-supporters appeared to dislike the quote a lot. Either way you look at it, it doesn't matter because the quote is fictitious. It appears to have been created by a blogger and then passed around so widely and quickly that its origin has been lost. However, the origin was not Barack Obama.

Who is behind QuoteFail?

If evidence is presented to prove the validity of a quote, does it really matter

Politics plays absolutely no part in any decision. If you take issue with any ruling on the site, please post a comment on that image and provide links to supporting evidence. If a ruling is incorrect, we want you to tell us because we want every ruling on this site to accurately reflect reality.

The evidence is the important part of any ruling, not the person behind the ruling. If someone wants to dismiss a QuoteFail ruling by attacking the character of the people researching the quotes, that is known as an Ad Hominem attack. It is a logical fallacy and is not a valid argument. In general, if someone resorts to this it is because they don't like the ruling but they don't have any evidence to prove their preferred ruling. 

Why did you start QuoteFail?

Because Albert Einstein apparently said far too many silly things. It is becoming increasingly common for people to fabricate quotes or intentionally misattribute them and those quote images get passed around on Tumblr and Facebook without much regard for their validity. We decided to start this site so people could have a source to easily check the validity of a quote.

How do you research the Quotes?

The methods vary depending on the proposed source of the quote. If the quote is attributed to a modern politician, then there is likely video or audio of them saying it, so the first place to check is generally YouTube (video evidence is always preferred). However, if the quote is more philisophical in nature or supposedly originates 100 years ago, then the approach tends to be different. Basic searches will reveal possible sources, like a particular book, and the text of that book can often be found in Google Books. We also look for counter-results. For example, if we get a Quote image with Albert Einstein saying "Cats are awesome" (yes, that's silly, but go with us for a moment), we may find many pages on the internet which attribute that quote to Einstein, but that could just be a lot of different people repeating a false quote, so we look for discussions which deny that Einstein said "Cats are awesome." Those types of discussions often include further sources which attribute the quote to a different person and that provides another line of potential evidence to research. Perhaps that research will uncover that Einstein did say it, but was just quoting someone else. Each Quote is unique and we follow the evidence for each, so each day of research is different from the last.

Evidence is King.