9 Commonly Misquoted Quotes

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9 Commonly Misquoted Quotes

9 Commonly Misquoted Quotes

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“Money is the root of all evil.”

 

The actual phrase comes from the Bible, and reads, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Those three extra words make all the difference.

 

“All that glitters is not gold.”

 

The actual quote, said by Morocco from the Merchant of Venice, says “all that glisters is not gold.”

 

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

 

The full saying is “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” This is often misattributed to Shakespeare, but is actually written by William Congreve in his play “The Mourning Bride.”

 

“Now is the winter of our discontent.”

 

This line from Shakepesare’s Richard III is often used to talk about the present time, but the line is actually a reference to better times. The full statement is “Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York.” The full quote means that the time of unhappiness is in the past.

 

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

 

While many attribute this quote to Voltaire, it was actually written in a twentieth-century biography of the French philosopher. While he may have agreed, this is not a direct Voltaire quotation.

 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

Like the previous quote, this is attribute to Gandhi, but was never actually said by him. The closest phraseology actually said by Gandhi is, “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.”

 

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

 

This line from Proverbs actually reads “He who spare the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

 

The quote continues, “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” It’s hard to picture Nelson Mandela calling anyone gorgeous or fabulous, and that’s because the quote is actually said by self-help guru Marianne Wilson.

 

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

 

This quote is a simplified version of a line from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” The full quote says “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” He doesn’t mean that anyone can march into their dream life with confidence, but that simply if you try to take steps towards the life you want, you will eventually reach success.

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