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Nothing is more unequal...(Spurious Quotation)

Quotation: "Nothing is more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people."

Variations:

  1. "Nothing is so unequal as the equal treatment of unequal people."
  2. "Nothing is so unequal as the equal treatment of unequals."
  3. "Nothing is more unequal than to treat unequals equally."
  4. "There is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals."

Sources consulted:

  1. Founders Online
  2. Thomas Jefferson retirement papers
  3. Google Books
  4. Hathi Trust
  5. Access Newspaper Archive
  6. American Periodicals Series

Earliest known appearance in print: 19021

Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Thomas Jefferson: 19812

Other attributions:  Plato, Felix Frankfurter,3 Anton Menger4 - possibly a reference to Plato's statement in his Laws, "...when equality is given to unequal things, the resultant will be unequal..."5

- Anna Berkes, 9/17/14

Comments

neoklis's picture
ARISTOTLE: in "Politics" Text in greek: "οἷον δοκεῖ ἴσον τὸ δίκαιον1 εἶναι, καὶ ἔστιν, ἀλλ᾿ οὐ πᾶσιν ἀλλὰ τοῖς ἴσοις· καὶ τὸ ἄνισον δοκεῖ δίκαιον εἶναι, καὶ γάρ ἐστιν, ἀλλ᾿ οὐ πᾶσιν ἀλλὰ τοῖς ἀνίσοις·" English translation: "For instance, it is thought that justice is equality, and so it is, though not for everybody but only for those who are equals; and it is thought that inequality is just, for so indeed it is, though not for everybody, but for those who are unequal" http://www.loebclassics.com/view/aristotle-politics/1932/pb_LCL264.211.xml
Neoklis Lefkopoulos

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