QUOTE: “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch

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Note: This utterance is often incorrectly attributed to Dr. Seuss.

The quote said to be from Dr. Seuss is actually widely circulated misattribution. “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” actually came from FDR presidential advisor Bernard Baruch, about his dinner party seating arrangements.

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[“Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter” was Baruch’s] often-quoted response to Igor Cassini (a popular society columnist for the New York Journal American) when asked how he handled the seating arrangements for all those who attended his dinner parties. The quote first appeared in Shake Well Before Using: A New Collection of Impressions and Anecdotes Mostly Humorous (1948) by Bennett Cerf, p. 249. The full response was “I never bother about that. Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.” This anecdote … has also become part of a larger expression, which has been commonly [and incorrectly] attributed to Dr. Seuss, even in print, but without citation of a specific work : “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

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  1. It is quite insulting and shameful for our country to become utterly divided on party lines including in all the three branches – Legislature, Executive and Judiciary.
    There is absolute and urgent need to educate the nation on ethics and leadership right from the school level to the highest political level.
    Hope your institute is well above party politics to do your professed job with dedication, discipline and diligence.
    Now, we seem to eagerly trying to go to a stage of GOD ONLY CAN SAVE AMERICA.

  2. It appears that the quote , while not from Seuss, is not from Baruch either.. Some sources say he used it in 1946, but another site has found evidence of two previous uses, the earliest being in 1938. I quote ” The earliest instance located by QI was printed in 1938 in a journal based in London and written for municipal and county engineers. The phrase was used comically to discount the criticisms directed at housing designs. The words were enclosed in quotation marks suggesting that the quip was already known in 1938″ I include the site link here which also links to the references and a full expkanation of the matter.

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