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Fake News: Warren Buffett Did NOT Tweet That Quote About Continuing To Suffer -- Bruce Lee Didn't Say It, Either

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:46:19 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Was the following quote tweeted by famous investor Warren Buffett or martial artist and film star Bruce Lee?

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.

No, that's not true: the purported Buffett tweet seems to have originated on an impostor account. There is no record that Lee ever wrote or spoke those words.

An example of a printed version of the supposed Buffett tweet can be seen in this Facebook post (archived here) for example:

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=159339718452558

You can immediately tell the tweet is not real, just by looking at the image:


Warren Buffett's verified Twitter account is @WarrenBuffet, not @WarrenBuffetHQ. You can see the fake account lacks the telltale blue checkmark.

In addition to that a search on the real Twitter account in combination with part of the quote returns no results.

And the fake account seems to admit the quote was wrongly attributed in this (currently pinned) tweet (archived here):

Social media memes also attribute the quote to Bruce Lee, including this one:

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A spokeswoman for the Bruce Lee Foundation in Los Angeles said the organization has no record of the actor making the statement.


: Updated Nov. 14, 2019 -- adds Bruce Lee details

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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