Posted by: Dahni | March 21, 2013

Trust But Verify


Notable Quotables(s)?

By Dahni © 2013, all rights reserved

“Verily, verily I say unto you today, one day, all shall be able to walk on water by Photoshop and YouTube.”


 Jesus Christ

“I can’t wait until this gets signed and everything written gets interpreted by nearly every one that reads it!”


Thomas Jefferson

“I thought I was just signing my name to pay for lunch!”


John Hancock

“The biggest problem of information is TOO much information. The biggest problem with that is hearsay and gossip. The biggest problem with those is, mis-information. The biggest culprit of mis-information is mass media and specifically, newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, cable TV, junk mail, email and the Internet.”


Benjamin Franklin

“Trust, but verify. It is the attitude and action that all must adopt and take, but it is next to impossible with a mouse, cut & paste and the Internet.”


George Washington

“The whole reason for the Bill of Rights is that most people won’t or don’t read and can’t believe that “all…are created equal,” means what it says and says what it means.”


James Madison

“The thing about quotes and information on the Internet is that it is difficult if not impossible to confirm their validity.”


Abraham Lincoln

“With 100% certainty, I can say that not even is 100% accurate, 100% of the time!”


Ulysses S. Grant

“Ask not if something is true, google it!”


John F Kennedy

As humorous as this post might be, there will be some that will either not know who one, more or all  of these people are that have supposedly made these quotes. There will be some that will not get the point. And there will be some that will believe that one, more or all of the above quotes are real. But the words “trust and verify,” is advice given which recommends that if a source of information is considered to be reliable, further research is necessary to determine if the information is accurate and trustworthy.  The words “trust and verify,” was a signature phrase used by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in discussing the relations between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.  But the phrase is thought to have originated with Russian leader, Vladimir Lenin. But I could not verify that.  Smiley

“The phrase was learned by Reagan from Suzanne Massie, a writer on Russia. She told Reagan, “The Russians like to talk in proverbs. It would be nice of you to know a few. You are an actor – you can learn them very quickly” The original Russian proverb is a short rhyme which states, Доверяй, но проверяй (doveryai, no proveryai).”

Excerpts from Wikipedia:,_but_verify

I am sorry, but I was not able to verify that Wikipedia verified the information, from trustworthy and verifiable sources.  Smiley

After Reagan used the phrase at the signing of the INF Treaty, former and last president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev responded: “You repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered “I like it.”

I am sorry, but I was not able to verify that the above Youtube video is from an original source and/or that it has not been edited.  Smiley

What if no one  ever needed to verify information because, it was trustworthy? What if what is said is what is meant? What if information was not to entertain or mis-inform, but simply just to INFORM?

Just I-Magine,


P.S. I was not able to verify whether or not, if ANY of the signatures above are real.  Smiley


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