This quote is the TL;DR version of what Gandhi actually said, which was much more of a mouthful. The real quote 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.”
Nobody actually knows what Paul Revere hollered through the streets of Boston to inform the residents the British were coming. He could have been yelling, “hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife.” Probably not, though. The words “the British are coming” are attributed to Revere in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
Also, why does Paul Revere look so much like Jack Black?
I’ve probably used this quote at least once this week. “Poured my/his/her/their blood, sweat and tears” is an important quote to have in the arsenal of any overly dramatic individual. But Winston Churchill’s actual quote was a too long to be catchy. He really said, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
This misquote is almost spot on to what Hamlet said in the first line of his monologue. Hamlet really said, “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!”
While this quote is constantly associated with the blonde-bombshell Marilyn Monroe, Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined the phrase. She wrote the phrase in a feminist paper for an academic journal in 1976.
Everyone thinks that Marie Antoinette said this about the starving French revolutionaries outside the palace walls. Well, she didn’t. It was actually French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. There was also no mention of cake! He wrote, “Let them eat brioche!”
Carl Sagan is thought to have said “billions and billions” on his television show, Cosmos. But, he later clarified:
"Oh, I said there are maybe 100 billion galaxies and 10 billion trillion stars. It's hard to talk about the Cosmos without using big numbers...But I never said, 'billions and billions.' For one thing, it's too imprecise."
George Washington never said, “I cannot tell a lie. It was me who chopped down the cherry tree.” That whole cherry-tree chopping scenario may have never happened. That quote was made up by one of his biographers, Parson Mason Weems, in the 1800s.
Sometimes this quote is also said, “All that glitters is not gold.” But, the way it is written in the headline has pervaded pop culture by the likes of Led Zeppelin in “Stairway to Heaven” and Smash Mouth in “All-Star.” But, the real quote was taken from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and what was actually written was, “All that glisters in not gold.”