UP Diliman Library calls out SolGen’s ‘erroneous’ Twitter post

/ 05:39 PM April 16, 2018

The University of the Philippines Diliman Library has called the attention of Solicitor General Jose Calida for incorrectly attributing a quote he posted on Twitter to British novelist CS Lewis.


“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching – CS Lewis,” Calida tweeted on April 10.

The quote was an accompanying explanation to a photo caption he shared on the social media stie expressing his view that Sereno “had the legal obligation to disclose before the Judicial and Bar Council that she failed to file her SALNs eleven times during her tenure as a professor at UP.”

The UPD said it has fact-checked Calida’s post and found that the said quote is among those commonly misattributed to the famous author.

“Last night @SolGenCalida shared a great quote, but a fact check shows that it is incorrectly attributed to C.S. Lewis,” UPD tweeted in reaction to the Solicitor General’s post. “It even used the hashtags #CiteYourSources #DoNotPlagiarize #AcademicHonesty.”


Based on UPD’s source,, the quote attributed to Lewis was actually a paraphrase of a passage from Charles Marshall’s book, Shattering the Glass Slipper.


The original quote was “Integrity is doing the right thing when you don’t have to – when no one else is looking or will ever know – when there will be no congratulations or recognition for having done so.”

“Thus, it’s likely that someone paraphrase this passage and falsely attributed words to Lewis that were original with Marshall,” the website explained. “This is a common way misquotes happen; people don’t remember where they read something and don’t take the time to confirm it.”

Another website,, which is owned by the CS Lewis Foundation, also lists it as among the quotes usually attributed incorrectly to C.S. Lewis. tried to get a comment from Calida but has yet to respond as of posting time. – eee

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