Fake Quotes

Dec 2010
11,643
Near St. Louis.
#12
"You dirty rat" - James Cagney. He never said it apparently. Not particularly historical, I know, but I've been hearing it all my life and was so disappointed to hear it's a misquote.:sad:
"You dirty rat! You killed my brother and now I'm going to kill you!" He did that line for an interview once, then pointed out that he'd never said it in a movie. It was apparently a promo idea from the studio to hype a film.
 
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redcoat

Ad Honorem
Nov 2010
7,733
Stockport Cheshire UK
#14
"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."

This is attributed to Winston Churchill, but there is no evidence he said any such thing. In fact it would be an extremely odd thing for him to say as he was still a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party at the age of 48.

ps: There is a common variation on this when the word 'Liberal' is replaced by the word 'Socialist', there is no evidence Churchill said this either.
 
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Mar 2011
32
The world is my backyard
#15
I'm getting SO sick of this one

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
An inspirational quote has been misinterpreted and misattributed long enough! Most people believe that it was a word of wisdom from Confusious. This was actually motivation from Lao-tzu. His was a philosophy which stated that action to start something must begin when one's heart and mind are still, and focused on the orgin of the problem, or goal. Therefore, the quote can be more appropriately translated, "Even the longest journey must begin where you stand."
 
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Feb 2011
9,998
Cumbernauld Scotland
#16
I'm not sure if this exactly conforms with the OP, but 'Let them eat cake' bothers me a little. Some historians insist Marie Antoinette never said that. How would they know for sure? By most accounts she was the sort of person who would have said it.

OTOH she had a lot of enemies who'd have backstabbed her with that allegation in a heartbeat, and probably said much the same thing themselves often enough.
I agree with you there. Here's one which really annoys me My kingdom, My Kingdom, My Kingdom for horse. He actually said at Bosworth Treason, Treason,Treason after the Standleys Chose to side with Tudor.
 
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Apr 2011
2,578
#17
"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."

This is attributed to Winston Churchill, but there is no evidence he said any such thing. In fact it would be an extremely odd thing for him to say as he was still a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party at the age of 48.

ps: There is a common variation on this when the word 'Liberal' is replaced by the word 'Socialist', there is no evidence Churchill said this either.
That one annoys me too.
 
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avon

Forum Staff
May 2008
14,253
#19
Bismarck:-

'Je weniger die Leute darüber wissen, wie Würste und Gesetze gemacht werden, desto besser schlafen sie nachts.'
(The less the people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they sleep in the night.)

I'm pretty sure he never said nor wrote this, but I could be wrong.
 
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mingming

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
4,742
Los Santos, San Andreas
#20
"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."

This is attributed to Winston Churchill, but there is no evidence he said any such thing. In fact it would be an extremely odd thing for him to say as he was still a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party at the age of 48.

ps: There is a common variation on this when the word 'Liberal' is replaced by the word 'Socialist', there is no evidence Churchill said this either.
Here, the words liberal and conservative are replaced by Democrats and Republicans.
 

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