Reading this short piece about digging up the author of a quotation misattributed to Albert Einstein hit me just right. Which led me to this Business Insider article of 12 commonly misattributed quotations.
I’ve listed them below, but if youre curious to find accurate attributions, I recommend checking out the article.
“Let them eat cake.” — not Marie Antoinette
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — not Voltaire
“Standing on the shoulders of giants” — not Sir Isaac Newton
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” — not Nelson Mandela
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — not Mark Twain or Jack Benny or Muhammad Al
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — not Dr. Seuss
“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” — not Marilyn Monroe
“There’s a sucker born every minute.” — not P.T. Barnum
“If you have to ask how much they are, you can’t afford one.” — not J.P. Morgan
“If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” — not Winston Churchill
“The ends justify the means.” — not Niccolo Machiavelli
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — not Albert Einstein