In a swiftly deleted tweet, the President’s daughter and senior White House adviser, 36, posted a quote she attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates.
‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new,’ Trump tweeted, citing Socrates.
Ivanka Trump (left) used a motivational quote she thought was from the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (right), however the quote actually originated from a different Socrates
The tweet appeared on Ivanka’s feed Tuesday but was deleted when the error was identified
She then clarified that the Tweet came from a different Socrates- and Twitter had a field day
However it turned out the quote Ivanka used was from a different Socrates – a fictional gas character from a book by American gymnast Dan Millman.
The self-help book called Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives was published in 1980.
‘The book was a fictionalized memoir that explored the physical and mental challenges Millman faced in his early life and the spiritual growth he experienced,’ Quote Investigator says.
‘The main catalyst of his spiritual journey was an attendant at an all-night gas station who became his mentor in 1966′.
Millman gave this enlightened counselor the nickname ‘Socrates’, and the quotation above was spoken by the modern fictionalized character and not the ancient Socrates’.
It is not the first time Ivanka (pictured) has misquoted someone when trying to instill motivation amongst her followers on Twitter
Former White House Strategist Steve Bannon (pictured) once called Ivanka ‘dumb as a brick’
Trump’s tweet was deleted after around 30 minutes of being online on Tuesday.
But after deleting the tweet, Trump posted it again with an important clarification.
This time, she attributed the quote to ‘Socrates (note: a fictional character not the philosopher)’.
Even though she clarified her mistake, social media users had their fun – posting a series of witty memes and comments on the embarrassing gaffe.
The quote Ivanka used actually came from a character from a self-help novel by Dan Millman (pictured)
This isn’t the first time Ivanka Trump has misattributed a quote.
Her tweet quoting the physicist Albert Einstein from 2013 resurfaced four years later when people realized it was wrong.
‘If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts,’ was the quote she mistakenly identified as being that of the Nobel Prize Winning Physicist’s.
Einstein never said that quote even though it is often attributed to him.
Trump was touted recently as a potential replacement for Nikki Haley as her father’s ambassador to the United Nations.
‘So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador.
‘She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job,’ President Trump tweeted.
Ivanka also ruled herself out of the running for the job.
‘It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley.
‘That replacement will not be me,’ she tweeted.
Twitter users were quick to post witty memes and comments in response to Ivanka’s mistake
Some users made historical references to mock Ivanka’s gaffe which surely will have irked her
One user made reference to the 1989 movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure in which the lead characters travel through time to 410 BC and meet Socrates
Ivanka should be now be immune to people poking fun at her on Twitter as it’s not the first time she misquoted someone
Other Twitter users took a more serious approach when reminding Ivanka of her mistake
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon once called Ivanka Trump ‘dumb as a brick’, according to an excerpt from the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
‘A little marketing savvy and has a look but as far as understanding actually how the world works and what politics is and what it means – nothing,’ he is quoted saying.
Donald Trump Trump attacked Mr Bannon after the excerpts were released from Michael Wolff – which included comments from Mr Bannon.
‘Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,’ Mr Trump wrote in a statement distributed by the White House.
‘When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind’.