Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's Never Too Late to be Who You Want to Be


"For what it's worth, it's never too late, or in my case, too early, to be whoever you want to be." - I saw this quote originally on Pinterest, attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald - when I looked it up to see if I could find who originally made the quote into a picture, I instead was led to a blog post by my local library: The Curious Case of Misquotation

"Well, it didn’t sound exactly like F. Scott Fitzgerald to me, so I thought I’d investigate. As it turned out my friend believed that it was a quotation from Fitzgerald’s short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Happily we had a copy of the short story on the shelf … no such quotation in the story.
So … where else might it be? Well, I knew there had been a movie, and I found a copy of the screenplay. Here is the quotation I found:
“For what it’s worth … it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
The screenplay for the film was written by a fellow named Eric Roth, so I think it is safe to say that he wrote these lines"

So anyway, I've re-done the quote - hopefully "the curious case of benjamin button" is more accurate, although "the curious case of benjamin button screenplay adaptaion by eric roth" may be more accurate, it doesn't quite fit :(

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