Quotes An Internet Filled With Parrots

Yet another example of people posting quotes on the Internet without checking the source.

This time from Virgin “Influencer”, Richard Branson, who published a meme on LinkedIn, liked by 20,000 sheep as of my last check.

It read:

If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

– J.K. Rowling

No Richard. The quote is this:

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (chapter 27)

Thing is, as written by Rowling, it’s intended as a piece of irony—not inspiration.

For the character who spoke it, Sirius, was known for shoddily treating his underlings (see commentary by Silvester and Worely at The Harry Potter Lexicon here).

Authors slave over their work—they live word-by-word, letter-by-letter. And as I’ve written before, quotes if not misleading are pointless without context and accuracy.

Let’s show some respect and verify before using an author’s name. As for LinkedIn, it truly has lost its shine.