As some of you may be aware, Bar Refaeli maintains an Instagram account she sometimes uses to share snapshots of her, ahem, thoughts. A combination beach photo/inspirational quote posted yesterday has already garnered the Israeli model/actress over 53,000 likes and some amount of nerd opprobrium:
For some reason, WordPress’s embed tool refuses to transcribe the accompanying caption [and inserts an inexplicable block of white space beneath the photo], but were the more curious among you to visit Bar’s original post on Instagram, you would discover that she had this to say:
There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. there is nothing good in war, except its ending -Abraham Lincoln #stopterror
Here’s the problem: It turns out — as noted by the Times of Israel — that Abraham Lincoln never said what Bar Refaeli said he said:
“There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. there is nothing good in war, except its ending -Abraham Lincoln,” Refaeli posted, with the hashtag #stopterror, alongside an Instagram photo of herself on the beach.
The only problem: The quote was never actually uttered by Honest Abe. Rather, in “Star Trek” season 3, episode 22, Captain Kirk and Spock encounter a Lincoln figure who imparts these words.
Here’s that link (jump to around the 5:30 mark):
But before the internet rushes to judgment (as is its wont), a brief word of caution: It is certainly entirely possible that Refaeli (or whoever runs her Instagram account) simply made an honest mistake.
That said, I believe we must remain open to the possibility that Bar (or, again, whoever runs her Instagram account) was simply challenging the internet to collectively recall that other famous quote from the 16th U.S. President [which you have undoubtedly encountered before]: