Can anyone suggest a book or site for verifying dubious quotations?
My father was recently sent a condolence card which included the quotation “They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are” ascribed to St John Chrysostom.
My father, even in bereavement, is as double-dyed a pedant as I am, and his bullsh*t detectors started bleeping. He showed it to me and said “That sounds a deeply implausibly New Agey thing for a 4th-century theologian to say. Can it really be true?”
Google brings up nearly 150 hits for this quotation which ascribe it to Chrysostom, but none that I have confidence in - many are greetings cards sites and the like. I suspect it might perhaps be an extremely free paraphrase of something Chrysostom genuinely said, or have been ascribed to him by a misunderstanding, as that dreary “Desiderata” (‘Go placidly amid the noise…’) is erroneously stated to have been “discovered in Old St Paul’s Church in Baltimore in 1692.
Short of reading the entire works of Chrysostom, how can I find out if he said this or not?