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It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

I thought it would be fun to see who deserves the credit for one of my favourite sayings….

The internet thinks

  1. Harry S Truman, 33rd president of US (1884 - 1972)
  2. Bob Woodruff, Coca Cola CEO 1926 -1954. “There is no limit to what a man can achieve as long as he doesn't care who gets the credit”
  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson, “There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn't matter who gets credit.”

And from http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/12/21/doing-good-selfless

QI hypothesizes that a Jesuit Priest named Father Strickland deserves primary credit for this family of sayings. This claim is based on the diary entry dated September 21, 1863 written by Sir Mountstuart E. Grant Duff and multiple attributions thereafter. However, similar maxims may have been developed independently. The diary of Duff who was a Scottish politician and held important administrative posts in India was published in 1897 [FSG1]:
Met at the house of the Rev. C.K. Paul, at Stourminster Marshall, Father Strickland, an English Jesuit, who said to me – “I have observed, throughout life, that a man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.”