25 Quotes An Alarming Amount of People Get Wrong

Everyone uses quotes. Things your favorite actor or athlete said, or words of wisdom from long-dead philosophers. However, some quotes turn into a game of telephone, and by the time they get to the newest ear, it's been twisted beyond recognition.

1. “Money Is the Root of All Evil”

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Who Said It First: The Bible, Timothy 6:10

What It Really Says: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

2. “Be The Change You Wish to See in the World”

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Who Said It First: Mahatma Gandhi

What It Really Says: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”

3. “The Lion Shall Lay Down With the Lamb”

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Who Said It First: The Bible, Isaiah 11:16

What It Really Says: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

4. “Beam Me Up, Scotty!”

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Who Said It First: Star Trek Characters

What It Really Says: It was never actually spoken in the original Star Trek series.

5. “Mirror Mirror, On the Wall, Who's The Fairest of Them All?”

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Who Said It First: The Evil Queen in “Snow White”

What It Really Says: “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

6. “That's One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind”

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Who Said It First: Neil Armstrong

What It Really Says: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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7. “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”

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Who Said It First: William Congreve

What It Really Says: “Heav’n has no rage like love to hatred turn’d Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d.”

8. “I Cannot Tell a Lie”

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Who Said It First: George Washington

What It Really Says: George Washington never actually said this.

9. “The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step”

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Who Said It First: Lao Tzu

What It Really Says: “A journey of a thousand li [a Chinese mile] starts beneath one's feet” This quote is also attributed to Confucius.

10. “Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams! Live the Life You've Imagined”

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Who Said It First: Henry David Thoreau

What It Really Says: “[I]f one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

11. “Let Them Eat Cake!”

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Who Said It First: Marie Antoinette

What It Really Says: Marie Antoinette never said this.

12. “Luke, I Am Your Father”

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Who Said It First: Darth Vader

What It Really Says: “No, I am your father.”

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13. “Anything That Can Go Wrong, Will”

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Who Said It First: Edward Murphy

What It Really Says: “If there's more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then he will do it that way.” (According to Murphy's son, Robert)

14. “Curiosity Killed the Cat”

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Who Said It First: Ben Johnson

What It Really Says: “Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care’ll kill a Cat, up-tails all, and a Louse for the Hangman.”

15. “Rome Wasn't Built in a Day”

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Who Said It First: French Poet (Unknown)

What It Really Says: “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was burned in one.”

16. “The Proof Is in the Pudding”

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Who Said It First: Unknown

What It Really Says: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

17. “Me Tarzan, You Jane”

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Who Said It First: Tarzan

What It Really Says: Tarzan never said this.

18. “A Rose By Any Other Name Smells Just As Sweet”

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Who Said It First: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet

What It Really Says: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other word would smell as sweet.”

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19. “I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It”

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Who Said It First: Voltaire

What It Really Says: Voltaire never said this.

20. “Elementary, My Dear Watson”

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Who Said It First: Sherlock Holmes

What It Really Says: Holmes never said this.

21. “Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken”

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Who Said It First: Oscar Wilde

What It Really Says: Wilde never said this.

22. “The Ends Justify the Means”

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Who Said It First: Machiavelli 

What It Really Says: “In judging policies we should consider the results that have been achieved through them rather than the means by which they have been executed.”

23. “There's No Rest for the Wicked”

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Who Said It First: The Bible, Isaiah 48:22

What It Really Says: “There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.”

24. “Nice Guys Finish Last”

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Who Said It First: Leo Durocher

What It Really Says: “Take a look at them. They’re all nice guys, but they’ll finish last. Nice guys. Finish last.”

25. “Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History”

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Who Said It First: Marilyn Monroe

What It Really Says: This quote was misattributed to Marilyn Monroe.

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