Fake Quotes

PM96

Ad Honorem
Feb 2012
4,676
California
#71
English schools - at least in my experience - erroneously teach that Julius Caesar uttered his famous "Veni, vidi, vici" upon invading Britain. He actually never said it; he wrote it in a succinct message to the Senate after defeating Pharnaces of Pontus. And it had nothing to do with Britain.
There's also "Et tu, Brute?" which came from a Shakespeare play.
 
Jul 2012
349
Massachusetts
#73
"Let Them Eat Cake" Marie Antoinette. Most likely never said it as the first record of her saying it was in 1843, long after the French Revolution and the phrase itself first appeared in 1765.
 
Jul 2013
20
Manchester, England.
#75
''The problem with quotes on the internet, is that you can never tell if they are genuine or not.'' - Gandhi''

Not so much a misquote, but interesting nontheless is the entire name Imogen. I can't remember which play exactly but it originates from a Shakespeare play, where it is believed Shakespeare meant ''Innogen'', which was a name at the time. But the n's were so close together it was thought to be an M.
 
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Jun 2019
3
North Bay Ontario Canada
#76
Yes, it is a misquote...apparently James Cagney himself said something to the effect, "You dirty rat, you killed my brother and know I'm gonna kill you." as a joke in some early talk show. I think it's sound bites from a few of his movies.
 
Jan 2017
723
UK
#77
Groucho Marx: "I love my cigar too but every once in a while I take it out of my mouth", in his later years Groucho himself denied he said it to a guest on "You Bet Your Life" with 19 children.

"If you're not a socialist at 20 you don't have a heart, if you're still a socialist at 40 you don't have a head" I've seen variations of that quote attributed to Winston Churchill and Georges Clemenceau.

"Well I've changed the course of music 5 or 6 times, what have you done besides f*** the president?" Miles Davis never said that to Nancy Reagan. In his own autobiography it was another politician's wife he argued with.
 

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