Fake Quotes


Ad Honorem
Feb 2012
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
"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
Manchester, England.
''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
North Bay Ontario Canada
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
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.
Nov 2016
"You´d better learn secretarial work or else get married." (allegedly said by Emmeline Snively to Norma Jeane Dougherty aka Marilyn Monroe in 1944)

This is a typical viral fake quote, produced by Ted Schwarz in his Marilyn Monroe biography "Marilyn Revealed" from 2009 at the beginning of the 13th chapter.

First, the given date of the quote ("1944") must be wrong. Emmeline Snively did not meet Norma Jeane (former name of MM) until August 1945.

Secondly, the alleged Snively quote is not presented in any other Monroe biography, not even that of Astrid Franse, who specializes in the topic of Emmeline Snively & MM. On the contrary, Snively is always shown as someone who has encouraged Norma Jeane with confidence from the beginning.

Funnily enough, the fake quote by Schwarz (often with the wrong dating) is haunting the Internet, both in books outside the field (as "evidence" for false predictions) and on dozens of websites.

Often a surname is associated with the quote (Norma Jeane Baker), which Norma Jeane did not have at that time because she was married to Jim Dougherty and had adopted his name. However the original fake quote gives "Dougherty" as surname. So the "Baker" quotes were taken from copies of copies of the original fake quote, because sometime in the viral chain the real name "Dougherty" was lost...

If, contrary to expectations, someone can prove to me that Snively really said that, I'll buy him or her a drink.


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