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The Ravens Are Out Here Just Attributing Famous Quotes To Ray Lewis

You can't do that, Ravens! That's not a Ray Lewis quote!

Various versions of "Stand for something, or else you'll fall for anything" are ubiquitous; it's been attributed to a whole bunch of people throughout history. See this passage from a judge's decision on a 1997 lawsuit, in which a singer named Aaron Tippin sued Jostens for allegedly stealing the line from one of his songs and using it in a commercial:

The uses of the phrase, both before and after Acuff-Rose registered the Tippin song, are far too numerous to be recounted here, and cannot all be dismissed as "isolated references" or mere derivatives of Tippin's song. Additionally, that the saying has been attributed to a wide range of persons, including Peter Marshall, a former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate (Def.Exs.12A, 12B, 20), Ginger Rogers (Def.Ex. 13), Martin Luther King, Jr. ("It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said on one occasion, `If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything,'" Representative John Lewis of Georgia, All Things Considered (NPR radio broadcast, Nov. 17, 1993)) (Def.Ex. 41), and Malcolm X ("As Malcolm X said, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything," cited in Joseph P. Blake, Theater Review, Phila. Daily News, Jan. 29, 1987) (Def.Ex. 23), also strongly suggests that it is an idiom deeply-ingrained in the public consciousness.1 As a well-worn cliche or motto, the "ordinary" phrase may be freely quoted or otherwise used without fear of infringement.


Ray Lewis has as much ownership over that quote as he does "Give me liberty or give me death!" Stop playing games, Ravens Twitter account.

Anyway, here's a GIF of the new Ray Lewis statue shooting fire out of its butt, via Dylan Lathrop:

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