Misattributed Quotes

Quotes Often Misattributed:

The public consciousness is filled with many a phrase that has a knowable source, but many don’t know the source. Sometimes it’s Shakespeare, sometimes the Bible, sometimes Pope or Dryden … Too often we think we know who said it: and are wrong.Therefore today I launch with a couple of of possible examples.

Survival of the fittest

Herbert Spencer

How many thought it was Darwin?

red in tooth and claw


I love the story of the woman who dismissed Shakespeare on her first actual exposure to the text: “It’s nothing but quotes,” she said.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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1 Response to Misattributed Quotes

  1. EricIndiana says:

    Exactly. The other day, I came across this quote blanketly attributed to a “Native American Saying”: http://daisybrain.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/ancient-wisdom/

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