10 Most 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.

“Theirs but to do or die!”

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

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