once upon a time a personally tracked down a quote that is persistently attributed to Einstein on the Internet.
I don’t have it handy but if I wrote it most people would agree that Einstein said it.
I turned over every leaf and couldn’t find any variation from him.
what I did find is a book written in the 1990s by a very influential Indian swami.
hundreds of false quotes seem to come from this one book.
Quotes from Einstein and Tesla and Plato and more.
at first I was mad at what I considered a charlatan
then I look deeper into his particular sect, and it is not superficially but deeply OK to attribute quotes to people that they never said for theological reasons.
I don’t remember exactly what– had to do with incarnation of spirit or whatever – but I could no longer be mad at him.
instead, I could be mad at lazy academics who could check sources just like i did.