Ivanka Trump's Motivational 'Socrates' Tweet Goes Hilariously Awry
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new,” President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser tweeted.
However, some folks noted that Socrates the philosopher didn’t actually coin the phrase. Instead, they said, it was originated by a gas attendant charactercalled Socrates in author Dan Millman’s bestselling fictionalized memoir, Way Of The Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives.
Not the actual Socrates pic.twitter.com/SbkKe81AfA
— Jupiter’s Shadow (@Some_Mexican_Ok) October 16, 2018
It's okay that Ivanka misled us. Instead of saying Socrates, not the ancient Greek guy but Socrates a character from "Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives", by Dan Millman.
— Jim (@Jim56931230) October 16, 2018
I think in this case, fighting the old might well advised.
Also, Socarates didn't say that
It was a character called Socrates who was a gas-station attendant in a book published in the 1980s by Dan Millman.
— Mister Laurie to you (@SICrecords) October 16, 2018
Trump’s tweet was deleted after around 30 minutes of being online. It was later replaced with this post, which clarified that the Socrates she cited was indeed “a fictional character.”
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
-Socrates (note: a fictional character not the philosopher)
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 16, 2018
The flub predictably caused much mirth online:
"Yabba dabba Doo!"
--Fred Flintstone (note: a fictional character)
— Average Joe (@Fight4Goodness) October 16, 2018
“The secret of misidentified quotes is to put a dash line before any famous person’s name immediately following the quote.”
-Abraham Lincoln (note: a fictional character but still giving the wrong impression)
— 🦇 Bloodbert "Impartial Drunk" Taco 🦇 (@blobert) October 16, 2018
I think you meant this:
"The truth is that men are tired of liberty."
— Mr Brick Housewall (@BrickHousewall) October 16, 2018
That just made it worse, hon. Delete it.
— justagirl (@michelesanto1) October 16, 2018
Was this So-Crates from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?
— Supa Sandwich (@ArmedfceSndwich) October 16, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.