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Famous Misquotations: You Can Stand Tall Without Standing on Someone

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.”

This is one of these inspirational quotations that is found on hundreds of websites and books without full or accurate attribution — the old “quote in search of an author” conundrum. Quite often it is mistakenly attributed to Harriett Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), the famous American abolitionist and writer. It certainly sounds like something that she might say; however, the actual source is another Harriett who lived in another century and not as famous — Harriett Woods (1927-2007), an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. The primary source of this quotation could not be found; however, a secondary source, The Last Word: A Treasury of Women’s Quotes (1992) edited by Carolyn Warner, cites Woods as the author.

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