Misattributed Quotes

Image from Patheos.com

Image from Patheos.com

I recently gave the blog a makeover, and in the process I was looking for a new image to put on my sidebar. I have a whole Pinterest board full of quotes, so I took to the internet to find a new picture. Before I posted anything, I wanted to double check the source. I was amazed, and thought that I’d share a few of my findings.

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” Turns out that there is no proof that Mark Twain ever said this. There is actually no known source.

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” There is no clear source, but is often attributed to Mark Twain. Oscar Wilde said something similar to this, but it goes all the way back to the 14th century.
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Sadly, this is not Dr. Seuss. The quote appeared in a London journal for engineers in the 1930’s and can be attributed to “Mr. Davies”.

“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” Not Marilyn Monroe. Actually, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined the phrase.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”There’s many many different versions of this same quote, but Einstein said none of them. A character in a book written by Rita Mae Brown actually said the quote in a mystery novel published in 1983.

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Turns out no one ever said this one at all. The correct quote is  “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/ Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned” from The Mourning Bride of 1697.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Turns out Ghandi didn’t say this. No idea who did.

I found many, many more, most of which are from poems. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Alfred, Lord Tennyson are often misquoted, as are Marilyn Monroe and  Audrey Hepburn.

Go figure. The internet isn’t reliable after all.











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