Who Said That?

The graduates of McGill University who finished their degrees after World War II ended are the great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents of those who are graduating from university and college over 65 years later.  The quotes beside each graduates’ name speaks volumes of how they interpreted the world around them.  Since most of the quotes fail to acknowledge the author of the quote, I thought it would be fun to see how many of these quotes are recognized by those who follow or visit my blog.  Today’s quote is this:

An earnest desire to succeed is always prognostic of success.

Feel free to add the name of who you believe was — or may have been — the person who first spoke or first wrote those words, in the Comments Section below.


3 Responses to “Who Said That?”

  1. Adelaide Dupont Says:

    I think it was Helen Keller. She wrote those words when she was at university herself or shortly afterwards.

    • Elyse Bruce Says:

      According to “Day’s Collacon: An Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time” by Edward Parsons Day and “Treasury of Thought: Forming an Encyclopedia of Quotations from Ancient and Modern Author” by Maturin Murray Ballou — both published in 1884 — the original author of this quote is Leszczynski Stanislaus (20 October 1677- 23 February 1766).

      That being said, I could see Helen Keller saying something very similar to this, and it’s very likely that she did. I believe that the spirit of the quote by Stanislaus is found in Helen Keller’s comment, “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”

      • Adelaide Dupont Says:


        Thank you Elyse.

        I do know Stanislaw Leczczynski a little bit – that he was a King and where he stood in the elected Polish pantheon. [Poland elected its monarches, a century or two before the three Partitions]. Though probably not well enough to recall reliably things that he had said.

        Day’s Collacon must be a brilliant source for these quotations and 1884 was a big year for quotation books for the well-educated and the print-consuming mass [not that these two categories are mutually exclusive/dualistic!]. I will have to check out the Treasury of Thought.

        Thinking about the TransPacificPartnership and their policies on copyright. USA, Australia and Canada are 3 countries in the 11/12/13 country agreement.

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