Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.

There is the Gandhi quote that people are always posting on Facebook, “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win.” It always bugs me whenever I see it.

Chasing after inspirational quotes on social media is a particularly fruitless quest, but I’m going to to try nonetheless.

What bothers me about this specific quote is the stunning degree to which it paves over the actual struggles that Gandhi and the Indian people went through to achieve their independence from the British Empire. People were beaten, imprisoned, and killed by the hundreds and thousands, and yet we mindlessly share this shit out on Facebook to “inspire” one another. Rhetorically, sure–it’s a compelling quote. Practically? Not so much.

Furthermore, there is no record of Gandhi ever actually saying it. My general assumption is that basically anything I see posted on Facebook or Twitter and attributed to Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, or any other world-historical figure is fake, but I had never bothered to actually track this one down. I finally did, and, big surprise–it’s a fake.

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