16 Famous Quotes That Actually Get It Wrong

Famous Quotes

You get together with a group of friends and say something in one person’s ear and then they repeat that to the next person and so on…

And by the last person, what was initially said isn’t very close to how it all ends up.

That occurs a lot in real life, too.

Check out these famous misquotations and see what was actually said.


1. “Beam me up, Scotty.”

Captain Kirk never said this quotable line in Star Trek, but he did urge Scotty to get him back to the ship in a hurry many times.

2. “Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble.”

What William Shakespeare wrote in MacBeth was “Double, double.”

No bubbles involved…

3. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

Late 17th-century English writer William Congreve actually wrote, “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”

4. “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.”

In The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud wrote “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.”

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

People think Voltaire wrote these words, but they are actually a summary of his attitude toward another writer named S.G. Tallentyre.

6. “Do you feel lucky, punk?”

Clint Eastwood actually didn’t utter these words in Dirty Harry. What his character actually said was “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do you, punk?”

7. “I cannot tell a lie.”

Say it ain’t so! A biographer created this line and attributed it to George Washington in the 19th century.

8. “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best.”

You see this quote everywhere on social media, but there’s no proof that Marilyn Monroe actually ever said this.

9. “May the force be with you.”

Millions of folks have it all wrong. Obi Wan Kenobi doesn’t say this line in the original Star Wars films, Han Solo does.

10. “All that glitters is not gold.”

Another Shakespeare line that people get wrong. What the Bard actually wrote was, “All that glisters is not gold.”

11. “Luke, I am your father.”

Darth Vader’s real line was “No, I am your father.”

12. “Hello, Clarice.”

Contrary to popular belief, Hannibal Lecter does NOT say this to Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs.

13. “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!”

In A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson’s character only says the second part of this famous quote.

Go back and watch the movie if you don’t believe us!

14. “The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy, and the lash.”

No, Winston Churchill did not say this. Instead, it was actually his assistant, Anthony Montague-Browne.

15. “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

People attribute this bumper-sticker favorite to Marilyn Monroe, but a University of New Hampshire student named Laurel Thatcher Ulrich deserves the credit.

16. “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well.”

Hamlet’s famous monologue actually goes like this: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!”

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