Also, special thanks to Stephen Goranson for obtaining scans from “The Commentator” magazine.Thanks to Nigel Rees who wrote about this saying in his October 2017 “Quote Unquote Newsletter”.Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky was a renowned Russian mathematician, but Lehrer was not being critical.The Wikipedia entry for Lobachevsky cites the liner notes of a 2010 album by Lehrer and states: In conclusion, based on the 1929 citation Wallace Notestein is the leading candidate for authorship of this quip.The moral is, in literature, not to steal from one author, but to learn from many, Plagiarism is not only a crime, but a mark of stupidity, like robbing a country bank.
They do not even bother to collect information from multiple sources. Thanks to a commenter named Jutta for pointing out this citation: The earliest strong match identified by QI appeared in November 1929 within a newsletter of the U. Emphasis added to excerpts by QI: WHAT IS RESEARCH? Notestein of the Yale faculty is attributed the following definition for research: “If you copy from one book, that’s plagiarism; if you copy from many books, that’s research.” In July 1932 a journal called “Special Libraries” reported on a talk given at an annual conference for librarians. In the following humorous statement from Reverend Charles Caleb Colton the era of the material being appropriated was considered decisive. Wallace Notestein, a Professor of English History at Yale University, received credit. He said: “It is plagiarism when you take something out of a book and use it as your own. Ralph Foss, the director of sales at the Mc Graw-Hill publishing company, presented a version of the saying and ascribed it to an anonymous individual: I am reminded of the man who was asked what plagiarism was.By and by out come five or six hundred more pages largely culled from the tomes of the research lads before him.On the title page of most of the books on Art should be printed, “If you steal from one person it’s plagiarism: if you steal from three persons it’s research.” A short filler item replicated the adage and credited it to “The Commentator” without mentioning Chase’s name.Perhaps more evidence will be located in the future.Acknowledgements: Great thanks to top researcher Barry Popik who located the 1939 citation in “Canadian Marketing Problems” and the 1941 citation in the Los Angeles Times. The famed Algonquin Round Table met in a hotel that was owned and managed by Case, and his memoir described his experiences as a host. If you take it out of several books then it is research.” In 1938 a version of the saying was credited to Wilson Mizner in a book titled “Tales of a Wayward Inn” by Frank Case.