The exact origin of that quote (or something like it) is actually quite heavily disputed. Many people (including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations) claim it was said first by Alexander Hamilton in 1978, ('Those who stand for nothing fall for anything') but in 1947, Peter Marshall, a chaplain, said '...because if we don't stand for something, we shall fall for anything'. Which is clearly an almost identical quote said much earlier. It has also been contributed to Ginger Rogers and Malcolm X used it as a proverb in one of his speeches.
I believe that it was Peter Marshall, but it is clearly a quote which is impossible to pin down definitively.
Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, history lessons
· 1 decade ago