10 Most Famous Misquotations And Misattributed Quotes

There some quotes people think are correct quotations but are actually incorrect. Here some Quotes by the people who said them.

Here 10 Famous Misquotations And Misattributed Quotes

Life is like a Box of Chocolates.

Speaking of Tom Hanks, that Forrest Gump quote is actually “Life was like a box of chocolates.”

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Ann Landers never said these words. The phrase is an alteration of one made by Jonathan Swift: “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it.”


The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious

Widely attributed to Marcus Aurelius, this quote appears in The Decline of the West, by Oswald Spengler

“The Lion shall lay down with the Lamb.”

The Bible doesn’t say this, either. It actually states, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together.”

“Failure is not an option.”

No one on the Apollo 13 crew uttered this line, either. After all, the whole situation had arisen because failure clearly was an option.

I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him.

Allegedly from film critic Pauline Kael. Kael did state in a December 1972 speech: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken.”

“The two most common elements in the Universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity.” 

Although stated by Harlan Ellison in a nonfiction essay in the mid-1960s, this quote has been frequently misattributed to Frank Zappa. In Zappa’s autobiography, The Real Frank Zappa Book (1989), on page 239, Zappa makes a similar comment: “Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

“Theirs but to do or die!”

This is a misstatement of a line from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Charge Of The Light Brigade“, which actually says, “Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die”.


A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

Attributed to Everett Dirksen. Dirksen occasionally used the phrase “a billion here, a billion there” in his speeches, but the latter appendage was apparently the work of a newspaper reporter. Dirksen noted that although he never said the whole comment, he liked the misquotation and never seriously objected to its misattribution.

I cannot allow your ignorance, however great, to take precedence over my knowledge, however small.

Versions of this are attributed to William James. A version of this was apparently spoken by Leonard Bacon, although the earliest known source is from 1898, seven years after Bacon’s death, and there is significant variation between the wording of these and other early sources. Bacon’s great-grandson confirms a version of this quotation in his own autobiography. The misattribution to James might originate, ironically, from the 1994 book Telling the Truth about History by Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, & Margaret Jacob, p. 258.

Here some Quotes of: Swami Vivekananda

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