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Is There Anything Hitler *Didn't* Say?

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[An example of the Taylor Swift Hitler Quotes meme]

The New York Post "reports" on a Hitler-Said-That gotcha!

The principal of an Oklahoma high school apologized after its yearbook featured a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler.

Students at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City discovered the quote when they got the books earlier this month. Graduating seniors chose quotes to pair with their portraits.

A quote listed above Hitler’s name says, “If you want to shine like the sun, first you have to burn like it.” Some translations of Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf” include similar wording, though the author of the excerpt is disputed.

Two problems here. First, neither I nor this reddit thread can find anything like this in Hitler's recorded writings.

Second, am I the only one who thinks it's rather silly to find something discreditable merely because Hitler might have said something a bit like it once?

Whoever said it, "If you want to shine like the sun, first you have to burn like it" is a pretty awesome thing to say.

Besides, Hitler spent his entire adult life saying and writing things. Let me quote Mein Kampf at random: "Even the amount of money allotted to the State buildings is in most cases truly ridiculous and insufficient." Hey, maybe he's right! If you read the art-criticism parts of Mein Kampf, you will see opinions that are held by at least 50% of the adult population of any country: Art should look like stuff, stories should have a plot, nobody likes looking at ugly people and things.

I propose a new rule: If you accidentally quote Hitler, you are forgiven. If you intentionally quote him, but only when he says something that anyone else might say, you get a slap on the wrist. If you intentionally quote him saying something really Nazilicious, then I will be outraged.

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