Talk:Samuel Adams

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Probably bogus attribution[edit]

The following quote,

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." As quoted in The Journal of Historical Review, Vol. 19 (March-April 2000) by Institute for Historical Review, p. 68

Cannot be accurately sourced to Samuel Adams, the source given is from a Journal of "Historical Review" published by the Institute for Historical Review which seems to be largely supportive of various fringe historical thinking, largely promotes Holocaust Denial among other things.

I cannot find this quote from any of Mr. Adams' published works. Given that the words 'irate' and 'brush fire' are not even cited by OED until after Adams' death, I am removing the quote until it can be properly attributed. --Apcolter 21:26, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

I restored this quote into a "Misattributed" section, with further citations which indicate the likelihood of this. Where incorrect or suspect attributions are discovered, placing them in such "MIsattributed sections, (or "Disputed" sections, where there is less clear evidence), is the preferable manner of dealing with most of them, especially if they have fairly wide but unsourced circulation, as this one seems to. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 00:40, 1 October 2011 (UTC)