Imran Khan accidentally misquoting a Rabindranath Tagore quote to Khalil Gibran is very awkward
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s audacious opinions are usually voiced through his official Twitter account. He is an active Twitter user who rightly uses the platform to express ALL his views. But he almost always ends up inviting trolls because of his hilarious mix-ups, right? Well, this has happened AGAIN and let us fill in you with the details of it.
So, Basically, Imran Khan posted a quote by Rabindranath Tagore on his official Twitter account but attributed it to Khalil Gibran instead
The inspirational quote posted by Khan read, “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” While captioning the tweet, Khan mentioned that those who truly understand the wisdom of Gibran’s words written in his tweet, end up living a life full of satisfaction and contentment. Here’s the tweet:
Those who discover and get to understand the wisdom of Gibran's words, cited below, get to live a life of contentment. pic.twitter.com/BdmIdqGxeL
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 19, 2019
Via his tweet, Khan tried to imply that the quote he has shared belongs to the Lebanese writer Khalil Gibran. However, the words in the quote are written by a famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore who happens to be a Nobel laureate too.
The original quote by Rabindranath Tagore is, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
People on twitter were quick to point out the mistake made by Khan
— Zulfi Rao (@ZulfiRao1) June 19, 2019
They said that it’s another gem from Khan’s trove of knowledge
He has previously mistaken Islamic history and even geographic boundaries of countries.
Another gem from Imran Khan's trove of knowledge, shares Tagore's work and calls it work of Kahlil Gibran pic.twitter.com/ggujgodKaZ
— Observer (@upbeat_69) June 19, 2019
People urged Khan to correct his mistake of using the words of Rabindranath Tagore and attributing them to Khalil Gibran
Sir, these are Rabindranath Tagore's words, not Khalil Jibran's.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. https://t.co/OVIkBdxh9c
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) June 19, 2019
Many suggested the PM to google a quote before posting it, they even stated that actions like these will make the country a laughing stock
Mr. Khan it doesn’t hurt to Google a quote if you are not into reading. By copying a Tagore’s quote and attributing it to Khalil Gibran, you are not only getting mocked but you are making a laughing stock of the country in the process! Please! https://t.co/gMztjABTda
— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) June 19, 2019
This is what happens when you rely on quote websites to look smart instead of reading actual books. This was Tagore, not Gibran https://t.co/9axNe4uy3S
— Vaqas Asghar (@vasghar) June 19, 2019
A few still tried to defend Khan and argued by saying that a few resources on the internet do categorize this particular quote under the name of Khalil Gibran too
Some people make rumors of PM because of this quote that this quote is of"Rabindranath Tagore"and PM tell this Quote of Khalil Gibran if people know how to use google than they search it on google some sites show this quote of"Khalil Gibran"proof in next tweet must see next tweet https://t.co/3DRbPc0z4z
— Malik Ali Mukhtar (@MalikAliMukhtar) June 19, 2019
You can find the quote attributed to Khalil Gibran at various sites. The message is important but people like to make issues out of nothing.https://t.co/btrXLUayWKhttps://t.co/ZxL9MW4iP2https://t.co/ABy6AIF0CJ
— Jarri Najam (@JarriNajam) June 19, 2019
And there were others too, who stated that Khalil, Tagore and even Paulo used the same words with a slight change thus the quote cannot be attributed to just one of them
These words are used by three philosophers in three similar ways with slightly different words
1 ) khalil Gibran
2) Poulo Coelho
3) Rabindranath Tagore
— Muhammad Hisham Faisal (@HishamFaisal4) June 19, 2019
It's not even Tigore 😂. This quote is by Paulo Coelho from "Manuscript Found in Accra"! pic.twitter.com/d47OTLrmm2
— پرنس کشمیری Prince (@PrinceKashmiri_) June 19, 2019
A few suggested the people to get over this petty issue because even leaders can make mistakes and it’s absolutely fine
The usual suspects now scouring the net & coming up with dubious sites claiming that quote was actually Gibran’s not Tagore’s. Get over it guys! The great leader erred. Everyone does. But no. These guys must now prove black is white just to justify their hero’s gaffe 😂
— Talat Aslam (@titojourno) June 19, 2019
To view the things from a clear lens, we decided to dig up a little and here’s what the internet says
Upon searching the words, it became clearer that the words belong to Rabindranath Tagore. Though while searching the internet, It seemed that with a slight change of the words, both the writers had written the same thing BUT according to the literature the quote actually belongs to Tagore and a few sites have wrongly attributed it to Khalil Gibran.
So, make of it what you will but this accidental quote fiasco did create a bit of an interesting conversation on plagiarism and proper researching.
Khair, what do you think, re these words written by Khalil or do they belong to Tagore? Let us know in the comments below.
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