So, here you are, ready to throw away all you thought you knew about certain quotes you most certainly use on your daily basis. Are you ready? Prepared to be amused.
- Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back
Due to the fact that it seems convenient that the last part gets kicked into oblivion, we never heard the fact that the cat who died, actually came back to life because he felt nice. Sorry, Mr. Jagger, the cat did get satisfaction. Sorry, mothers of the world, you have to find yourself another quote to keep your children from messing around.
- Play it, Sam. Play “As time goes by”- Ilsa Lund
Blame it on Woody Allen, who named his 1972 movie after one of the most famous misquotes of all times (Play it again, Sam), that came from the famous romantic movie Casablanca.
If you need to hear it to believe it, here’s proof. Mindblown, yet?
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world“- Gandhi
New York Times recently stated that Gandhi never quite said that. It was actually a brief summary of an idea that pretty much went like this: “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.”
- “No, I am your father“- Darth Vader
Enough with the Luke, nobody ever said that. Get over yourself and correct everyone. This is your chance to leave everyone speechless.
Oh, and by the way, it was Han Solo who said “may the Force be with you” not Obi Wan. The last one only said: “Remember, the Force will be with you…always“.
- “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”– Evelyn Beatrice Hall
With the whole Je suis Charlie situation, I bet you’ve read that quote dozens of times and all of them it was attributed to Mr. François Marie Arouet, most commonly known for Voltaire. Sorry, folks. He was an amazing novelist and philosopher, and I’m not saying he did not fought for freedom of speech, but this quote was certainly not his. It was, in fact, said a century later. Hall wrote under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre, and became famous for writing Voltaire’s biography. See where I’m going?
In The Friends of Voltaire she wrote that quote to sum up Voltaire’s beliefs but ended up being attributed to Voltaire himself. Ups!
- “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” – Dorothy Gale You’ve grown up dreaming of a yellow brick road, and some red heels. But you never thought one of the most quoted lines of this movie was actually wrong. Throw away your “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto”, it’s as fake as the actual Wizard.
- “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” – Isaiah 15:21
I’m actually singing No rest for the wicked by Cage the Elephant as I’m writing this. It turns out, there was never a Biblical quote that literally said: “There is no rest for the wicked”. We mistook rest for peace.
- “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” – Not by Murphy. Ever.
Searching and digging, I found that it was actually Major John Paul Stapp, a U.S. Air Force officer, who said that “We do all of our work in consideration of Murphy’s Law.”. Which actually means that Edward Murphy never said that quote. It was just readapted over the years.
- “Fly, you fools”– Gandalf
We, spaniards, just get mixed up between the original version and the translated one.
- “Let them eat brioche”– Marie Antoinette
- “It’s alive“- Henry Frankenstein Well, we usually say “he’s alive” but that is actually wrong. In the original 1931 movie, that wasn’t said. It was a thing at the time, not a man. Sorry not sorry.