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Says Winston Churchill said, "When you’re 20, you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place."

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No, Winston Churchill didn't say this quote about age

Winston Churchill didn't make this statement about age.

Winston Churchill once said, "It’s a good thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations." The British statesman is himself widely quoted, both online and off. Perhaps you’ve heard this one: "If you’re going through hell, keep going." Or maybe: "The price of greatness is responsibility."

But we weren’t familiar with another that is making the rounds on Facebook.

"When you’re 20, you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place," reads a quote posted March 6 that’s attributed to Churchill.

It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

Searching for the quote online turns up many posts that attribute the statement to Churchill on websites like Quotefancy, which makes computer wallpapers with "inspirational posts."

But we also found posts that attribute the quote to "unknown," including this Reddit post from five years ago. These self-help books describe the quote as a "saying" and "unknown." When Ryan Seacrest, co-host of "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan,"  posted the quote on his Facebook page on Aug. 27, 2014, he noted that the person who said it was "unknown."

We had a harder time finding an original or credible source that showed Churchill actually made this statement.

Richard Langworth, a senior fellow at the Hillsdale College Churchill Project who wrote, "Churchill By Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotes," includes it on his website in a Nov. 8 post titled: "All the ‘quotes’ Winston Churchill never said (1)." Langworth says there is no attribution for the quote.

The quote isn’t included on the International Churchill Society’s page of quotes, or on BBC America’s roundup of 50 Churchill quotes "to live by."

We live by the facts, and having not found any proof that Churchill made this statement, we rate this Facebook post False.

 
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Winston Churchill said, "When you’re 20, you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place."
Wednesday, March 6, 2019