They say you shouldn't believe everything you read, and that's especially true when it comes to things you read online on some virtual inspirational poster.
Below are examples of popular sayings that are actually misquotes or misattributions that you've probably used more than once.
It's hard to get good reception up there.Considering man and mankind are synonyms, this doesn’t make sense, which is why Neil Armstrong never actually said it. The transmission blurred the fact that he said, "One small step for a man."
Speaking of space...Nope. This was never actually spoken by Jim Lovell on the Apollo 13. However, Tom Hanks does say it in the movie.
And now speaking of Tom Hanks...That Forrest Gump quote is actually "Life was like a box of chocolates."
Not that you would want to mess with Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry...But technically he said, "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?"
That wrong.This one was never said in any version of Tarzan the Ape Man.
Not in this case.Machiavelli never said this. What he actually said is, "One must consider the final result," which isn’t as eloquent but still just kind of common sense.
Sage advice.Although it is most often attributed to Nelson Mandela, who was most certainly not inadequate, it was actually a passage from self-help guru Marianne Williamson's 1992 tome.
Thus say the Bible...It's actually, "The love of money is the root of all evil."
Getting catty.Isaiah 11:6 actually states, "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together."
Say it ain’t so, Gandhi!What he actually said, according to The New York Times: “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." That's a lot longer though.
Who?It sounds so poetic with the repetition of “mirror," but the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs actually says, "Magic mirror."
Auntie Em!When Dorothy and Toto first land in Oz, what she actually says is, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
It doesn't pass the sniff test.I hate to say it, but Captain Kirk is partly responsible for popularizing a misquote from Shakespeare. The actual quote in Romeo and Juliet is, "That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet."
You thinks?And Queen Gertrude doesn't say, "Methinks the lady doth protest too much" in Shakespeare's text. Instead, that "methinks" arrives at the end of the quote.
Hear her roar.Or a man misquoted, but to clear up any confusion, William Congreve, a late 17th century English writer, originally wrote, "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."
Pinkie swear?Well, maybe George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, but he never actually said this. But, it’s not his fault! This one, supposedly uttered by a young (and guilty) George Washington after he cut down a cherry tree, was actually fabricated by his 19th century biographer.
Marilyn Monroe certainly made history, but not for saying this quote.A University of New Hampshire student by the name of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who would go on to become a Harvard professor, should get the credit.
Sorry, but not Marilyn Monroe once again.Despite all the memes circulating everywhere online, no one can prove that she ever actually said this or where it originated from.
Nah, I'm good.In A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson's character never utters the first part of the quote. He actually says, "You want answers?" Then Tom Cruise says, "I think I'm entitled to them!" Nicholson asks again, "You want answers?" To which Cruise replies, "I want the truth!" It’s only then that Nicholson says, "You can't handle the truth!"
Although not as catchy as the quote below...Winston Churchill actually said, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
Smart thinking.Close, but no cigar. Alexander Pope actually said, "A little learning is a dangerous thing."
Well, the big stick part is right...But the actual Teddy Roosevelt quote is, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."
Mark Twain is thought to say a bunch of things he never said, including this.The truth? It was in fact either Edward Ward or Christopher Bullock.
Back to Twain...He did not say this. He simply said, "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
One step forward, two steps back.Confucius said a lot of things, but the actual quote —“A journey of 400 miles begins beneath one’s feet"— was Lao Tzu.
Not so sweet.Marie Antoinette gets the credit — and the cake — for this one, but it was actually French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. And cake? Nope. He wrote, "Let them eat brioche!"
Vampire?Yes, but Dracula never said this.
Yes, they were...But Paul Revere probably didn't say this. It was attributed to him was taken from the patriotic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Paul Revere's Ride."
Daddy issues.Sorry, Vader. This one is actually, "No, I am your father."
As creepy as Hannibal was...This iconic line doesn't actually appear in The Silence of the Lambs. The actual words are, "Good evening, Clarice."
H/T: Mental Floss