Talk:Jean Giraudoux

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Sincerity quote[edit]

I don't think the source for the quote

"The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made."

Can be taken seriously, as the source occured 40 years after the death of the quotee. This quote in various forms has been attributed to Samuel Clemens, Groucho Marx and George Burns, and I think it would be fascinating to see a primary source for it.

Agreed - some investigation here failed to trace it back:
Moving it to "unsourced" section as per the guide to layout. --Chriswaterguy (talk) 07:30, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
Oops, "Unsourced" is deprecated. Moving to Attributed section as per Wikiquote:Sourced and Unsourced sections#Attributed. (From looking at a few of the Policies and Guidelines pages, this seems to be okay.) --Chriswaterguy (talk) 07:40, 16 August 2016 (UTC)


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