Who said that:
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”?
A] Winston Churchill
B] Abraham Lincoln
C] Eleanor Roosevelt
D] Mark Twain
E] None of the above
The answer is E] None of the above. I saw that trio quote in a September 15th Sheldon comic strip, where it was attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. But an article by Garson O’Toole at Quote Investigator says no.
That quote is a good example of the speechwriting Rule of Three, Back on May 27, 2009 Andrew Dlugan discussed it in a post on his Six Minutes blog titled How to Use the Rule of Three in Your Speeches. Also, on February 12, 2015 on his Public Words blog Nick Morgan discussed the ‘I have a dream’ speech in a post titled Martin Luther King and the Rule of Three.