And just like George Washington never actually said, "I cannot tell a lie," as a little boy, those words about Golden are merely revisionist history.
They are, in fact, a lie.
UT fans have indeed seen this before.
In January of 2012, the then-sophomore point guard toiled through a woeful six-game spell. Going 14 for 53 (26.4 percent) on field-goal attempts, Golden failed to shoot better than 50 percent in a single game. He reached double figures just twice and notched only three assists against seven turnovers in the final three games of the stretch.
That offense combined with Golden's wayward defense to draw the end of the line.
After a five-point, one-assist outing at Kentucky featuring multiple defensive breakdowns, UT coach Cuonzo Martin pulled Golden from his starting lineup. He joined the intro line for a home game against Georgia on Feb. 4.
Starting to sound familiar?
Golden responded in that Georgia game last year by scoring 16 points, pulling six rebounds and dealing five assists in a 73-62 win. He averaged 15.1 points to go with 4.3 assists and showed more effort defensively as the Vols went 9-3 to end the season.
This time around, Golden's struggles have been prolonged.
He's come off the bench in the past five games. Remember that stirring 25-point, five-assist showing in a win over Wichita State in December? Since then, he's averaged 8.1 points in 10 games. He produced one assist apiece in five of those outings and 32 combined in the other five.
Golden's production mirrors the Vols' offense: consistently inconsistent.
The questions fester. What's wrong? Is he still effected by a bruised left shoulder?
Following Tennessee's 54-53 win over Alabama on Saturday, Golden assured his confidence remains unshaken.
"I definitely feel like I'm a starter, but that's not my decision," he said. "I just roll with the punches. I know coach has confidence in me. My time will come and everything will work itself out."
Martin sure hopes so. Golden played a season-low 21 minutes against Alabama as UT improved to 10-8 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. He finished 0-for-4 from the field and scored three points from the free-throw line.
Golden didn't produce offense, but he did protect it. He was back as the Vols' primary ballhandler in a tight second half against Alabama's swarming full-court pressure.
Two of Golden's free throws came in crunch time with 32 seconds remaining, but he also missed the front end of a one-and-one with 15 ticks left.
"For Trae Golden, a guy that's been up and down, to be in the game down the stretch and defend the way he defended, which is not an easy thing to do, I was happy to see that," Martin said.
Golden's lack of scoring was covered by Jarnell Stokes. The sophomore power forward's 15-point, 18-rebound day was the headline.
"He played like a monster," Golden said. "The biggest thing, for him, is doing that every night."
And the biggest thing for the Vols, is for history to repeat itself and Golden to join him.
"I've said before, in order for us to be the best team we can be, we need Trae Golden and Jarnell Stokes to be out there," Martin concluded.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn