There are plenty of Famous Quotes Attributed to the wrong person floating around the internet. All you need to do is put words over a picture and people will believe the person said it. Here we’ll be discussing 4 famous wrongly attributed quotes that many people believe.
Guess who said these famous Quotes with the Guess Who Said It Quiz at the bottom of the page.
“BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.”Not Ghandi
Gandhi never said this. What he actually said, “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.”
In my opinion a much more meaningful quote but I have to admit, it doesn’t have the same catchy ring to it as to shortened version.
“FIRST THEY IGNORE YOU. THEN THEY LAUGH AT YOU. THEN THEY ATTACK YOU. THEN YOU WIN.”Ghandi
Gandhi probably didn’t say this, either. However, The Christian Science Monitor points out that it’s close to a speech union activist Nicholas Klein delivered in 1918: “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that, is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.”
So, someone shortened it removed a few identifying words and bam! Perfect quote to attribute to Ghandi.
THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANSNot Machiavelli
Machiavelli never said this, or its Italian equivalent. What he actually said is, “One must consider the final result,” which isn’t quite as unique or as catchy as the often misquoted line.
“OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS NOT THAT WE ARE INADEQUATE. OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS THAT WE ARE POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE.”Not Nelson Mandela
Nope, that wasn’t Nelson Mandela, but instead a passage from self help guru Marianne Williamson’s 1992 tome.
Are we starting to notice a theme?
IF YOU LOOK FOR THE BAD IN MANKIND EXPECTING TO FIND IT, YOU SURELY WILL.”Not Abe Lincoln
This quote has been incorrectly attributed to Abraham Lincoln.
It’s Disney’s fault if you believe this quote was ever uttered by ole honest Abe Lincoln. It was the line inscribed in Pollyanna’s dead father’s locket, in the film Pollyanna.
Roy Disney loved the quote and had it inscribed on thousands of lockets to sell in the Disneyland gift shops, which greatly disturbed the screenwriter David Swift, who had made up the quote. When Swift called Disney with the bad news, all the lockets were recalled.
Did you know all of these quotes have been wrongly attributed? Think you’re pretty smart huh?