It really started to get to me, usually before going to sleep or just waking up. I wanted to know what it was and who said it. Then I remembered….I run a search company! Why not put search engine technology to work? Usually a vague recollection is enough to track down some facts. So I did a Live.com search for:
quote + ideas + people + events
I was immediately floored when I looked at the top results page: http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/36354.html
It turns out it was Eleanor Roosevelt that said:
“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”
One thing I do remember vividly is that my great grandfather had a picture of Eleanor Roosevelt on his wall and spoke often about her. As a child, I had thought that it was a picture of my deceased great grandma. I only learned in my 20’s when the picture made it’s way, dust covered from a relatives attic, that it was indeed Roosevelt and not grandma. Technology made a critical connection for me. No search engine could have catalogued my grandpa’s affinity for Eleanor, the picture from the attic, or the words said straight in front of a little boy, but using my memories as a starting point, it became an indespensible tool to leverage.
To this day, I have an affinity for ideas. Events aren’t very interesting and people don’t usually spark my interest as a point of conversation. Blame grandpa, Eleanor or both.
This is a site about what keeps me up at night.