I happened to get an email from someone who was a fellow summer associate at a law firm 40 years ago, and with whom I hadn't been in touch since. He mentioned a story that he remembers from back then.
I was in the law firm's library, and must have been asked what I was doing, as I replied: "Oh, I'm just belaboring the obvious for Chatham." [Name has been changed.]
My correspondent apparently liked that quote, and has been repeating it ever since. The background, apparently, was that "Chatham" didn't like a memo that I had written for him, because it had too much reasoning, and too little case citation.
This apparently resonated with fellow summer associates (or at least one of them) since hazing the juniors was so key a feature of life at that firm. So others had been there too, in one way or another.
Then again, "Chatham" should certainly be commended for helping me to see, at still a young age, that academics was likely to appeal to me more than writing such memos.