Browns line the walls at team facilities with inspirational misquotes


As George Washington once said, 75 percent of the inspirational quotes you find on the Internet are misattributed or made up. It turns out that the same is true for the inspirational quotes found on the walls of the Cleveland Browns’ team facilities.

Deadspin has posted several images of quotes prominently displayed at the Browns’ headquarters, and some research indicates that the majority of those quotes were not actually spoken by the speaker they’re attributed to.

Among the famous figures who have quotes misattributed to them on the walls of the Browns’ facilities are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, Mother Teresa, Gary Player, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, Red Auerbach, Nelson Mandela and even Willy Wonka, whose words in the novel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator are misquoted on the wall of the Browns’ facilities.

The quote attributed to Auerbach is particularly interesting: Deadspin finds that the quote has been published before, in interviews with Browns G.M. Mike Lombardi, who had a favorite Auerbach quote that he liked to repeat — but which there’s no record of Auerbach actually saying. It seems that Lombardi once heard someone else attribute the quote to Auerbach and liked it so much that he figured it just sounded like something a great winner like Auerbach would say.

In the immortal words of Knute Rockne, some quotes are too good to check.

45 responses to “Browns line the walls at team facilities with inspirational misquotes

  1. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.”


  2. Through extensive internet researches I have discovered that none other than the Immortal HL Mencken can be attributed to for ALL QUOTES anywhere/anytime!

  3. But – when your team is looking to Willie Wonka for football inspiration, you know you are doomed.

  4. In related news, it was also discovered that the Lombardi Trophy prominently displayed across from the inspirational quotes was, in fact, a fake.

  5. Al Gore was taking credit for inventing the internet, when apparently it was around 200 years before he was even born.

  6. @getyourownname says: when your team is looking to Willie Wonka for football inspiration, you know you are doomed.

    Willy Wonka also ran a “chocolate factory” & which pretty much quite euphemistically & succinctly (quite the deliciously difficult daily double, I might add) sums up the historical “if it’s brown flush it down” sentiments to a T(P)!

  7. Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.

    Willy Wonka.

  8. I wonder if this one is on the wall in the receivers room:

    “No matter where you go, there you are.” – somebody in one of the Mad Max movies.

    It sure would describe some of the lousy route running over the past several seasons.

  9. “The Browns are, have been, and always will be a horrible team in the NFL”.

    -Everyone that doesn’t play for the Browns (although I do take them to the Super Bowl every day, sometimes twice)

  10. I attest that some of the most inspirational quotes I have found, have been located inside the stalls of public restrooms. Ironically, that is the only place where countless “players’ have taken the browns to the superbowl. Unfortunately ! Go Browns!

  11. And when you’re trying to inspire people, truth really isn’t that important! They just have to believe in the message.

    How much of what we teach kids about history, US and world, is really how things happened? (or did schools stop teaching history because of budget cuts?)

  12. Fat, drunk & stupid is no way to go through life, son … unless you’re one of the 99% that we exploit from on their back$$$”:

    any one of the 1% giving advice to one of their own issue by mi$$$appropriating the immortal quote of Dean Wormer

  13. The only “misquotes” that should be up in the Browns’ facility today are Josh Cribbs’ asinine remarks about his former teammates. Talk about motivation.

  14. I hope the people calling out the George Washington internet thing are being sarcastic.

    If not, that joke flew so far over your head it’s like you’re a Vikings wide reciever with Josh Freeman in the game.

  15. klumpofbrownsadness says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM
    I wonder if this one is on the wall in the receivers room:

    “No matter where you go, there you are.” – somebody in one of the Mad Max movies.
    You mean Buckaroo Banzai from the movie Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.

    There were no philosophers in the Mad Max franchise that I recall.

  16. What is this high school getting ready for homecoming? Well at least they are spending time on something constructive. I guess they can’t get much worse….. And this organization really pulled the wool over Indy’s eyes with the Trent trade??? Who is the bigger fool?

  17. “There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
    There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know”.

    Donald Rumsfiled in 2002 going Nostradamus when he predicted the Browns 2013 QB situation.

  18. delions00 says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM
    If you don’t do anything else today, click that link and read the comments section. I’m rolling and tearing up right now. Hilarious.

    Lmfao dude you were right first time I laughed all day !

  19. No harm, no foul. These are football players they’re trying to entertain with pictures on the wall. Most of them probably know there’s letters up there, and the quarterbacks can recognize some words, but a full sentence? Forget it…

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