13 Popular Quotes That Constantly Get Misattributed
It's not your fault—these quotes have the entire world fooled.
If you thought Nelson Mandela said this one in his 1994 inaugural address, you’d be in good company, but wrong. Check out these uplifting quotes that are guaranteed to stay with you.
It sounds like a line that would appear in a Dr. Seuss book, but alas, it doesn’t. It’s unclear who should be credited with the timeless advice, but Quote Investigator says the second half of the quip was in circulation by the 1930s.
Gandhi might agree with the sentiment, but that’s not the same as actually saying it. The first time this was said on the record was in 1915, when Canadian Parliamentarian George Perry Graham used it in an argument against capital punishment. These quotes will help you stop an argument in its tracks.
After Maya Angelou’s famous book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this one seems plausible–and it even appeared on a postal stamp in her memory. In fact, it’s from a 1967 collection of poetry called A Cup of Sun. These Maya Angelou quotes are as real as it gets.
Marilyn Monroe has tons of quotes misattributed to her, although this might be one of the most widespread. The statement originally appeared in an essay by Pulitzer Prize winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in 1976. These are the books and quotes every woman should read
It’s possible no one’s ever said this quote—but it definitely wasn’t Churchill. One politician who came close was Israeli diplomat Abba Eban, who in 1967 said: “Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources.”
The true origin of this quote might be a pamphlet printed by Narcotics Anonymous in 1981, which said, “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” These inspirational quotes will help you get through the morning.
This quote has also been attributed to Churchill, but the consensus is that neither he nor Lincoln actually said it. The first place it appears is in a 1953 book by David Guy Powers about public speaking.
The confusion here is understandable—the quote actually came from Evelyn Beatrice Hall’s book “The Friends of Voltaire” which was published in 1906 under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre
It’s most likely a misquote of a 1985 Bette Midler quote, “Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world.” (Although the sourcing on that one is dubious as well.) These are the most quotable books ever written.
We can practically hear Juliet saying this to Romeo from her balcony. Unfortunately, the quote isn’t Shakespeare at all. It first appeared in the 1983 opera Falstaff.
Anyone who’s spent any time on the Internet has seen this quote attributed to Gandhi. But in fact, there’s no record of him saying it. The true attribution might be his grandson Arun.
In French: “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.” The phrase originally appeared in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s autobiography Confessions, which was written when Antoinette was nine years old. He attributes the quote to “a great princess”—and we’re sure she was, she just wasn’t Antoinette. Next, read the funniest quotes of all time.