100 Famous Misquotes (Misattributed)

Last updated on Jan 7th, 2024

100 Famous Misquotes (Misattributed)

After unsourced quotes, misattributed quotes are the most common misquotes.

That’s why we have gathered a list of the 100 most famous quotes attributed to the wrong person (misattributed).


Find what you love and let it kill you.Charles Bukowski -> Kinky Friedman


Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.Immanuel Kant -> Herbert Spencer


I am one of those who believe with Nobel that mankind will derive more good than harm from the new discoveries.Marie Curie -> Pierre Curie, Nobel Conference 1903


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.Leonardo da Vinci -> Clare Boothe Luce, Leonard Thiessen


Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.Tennessee Williams -> Tehyi Hsieh


Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.Lord Byron -> William Drummond


We must eat to live, and not live to eat.Molière -> Ancient saying


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.Maya Angelou -> Zora Neale Hurston


To fear love is to fear life, and those whose fear life are already three parts dead…Anton Chekhov -> Bertrand Russell

A day without laughter is a day wasted. - Charlie Chaplin Quotes

A day without laughter is a day wasted.Charlie Chaplin -> Nicolas Chamfort


If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.Alfred Tennyson -> Claudia Adrienne Grandi


Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.Jack London -> Josh Billings


There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.Albert Camus -> Albert Dietrich


Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.Marilyn Monroe -> Bette Midler


One idiot is one idiot. Two idiots are two idiots. Ten thousand idiots are a political party.Franz Kafka -> Leo Longanesi


People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.George Orwell -> Richard Grenier


We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.George Bernard Shaw -> G. Stanley Hall


It is never too late to be what you might have been.George Eliot -> Adelaide Anne Procter


A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.Edgar Allan Poe -> John Casey

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss Quotes

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss -> Ludwig Jacobowski


It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.Eleanor Roosevelt -> William L. Watkinson


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.Margaret Fuller -> The creator of the slogan was a student named W. Fusselman.


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.Nelson Mandela -> Marianne Williamson


The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God!Fyodor Dostoyevsky -> Apollon Maykov


It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.Mark Twain -> Arthur G. Lewis


The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness.Bob Marley -> Originated from a scene in the 2007 film I Am Legend.


There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.Thomas A. Edison -> Joshua Reynolds


There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.Victor Hugo -> Émile Souvestre


I would rather die of passion than of boredom.Vincent van Gogh -> Émile Zola

Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing. - Vince Lombardi Quotes

Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.Vince Lombardi -> Henry 'Red' Sanders


What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -> Zig Ziglar


Those who dance appear insane to those who cannot hear the music.Friedrich Nietzsche -> Germaine de Staël


Each of us is responsible for everything and to every human being.Simone de Beauvoir -> Fyodor Dostoevsky


Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.Jane Austen -> Said by Fanny Price in a 1999 adaptation of Mansfield Park.


Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.Virginia Woolf -> Ferenc Molnár


The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.Albert Einstein -> Rita Mae Brown's book, 'Sudden Death,' published in January 1983.


A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.Sigmund Freud -> Don B. Kates, Jr.


Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.Walt Whitman -> Charles Swain


What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.Henry David Thoreau -> Zig Ziglar

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis Quotes

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.C. S. Lewis -> Les Brown


Creative minds are rarely tidy.Carl Jung -> John William Gardner


It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love, it matters only that you love.John Lennon -> Rod McKuen


I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.Pablo Picasso -> Vincent van Gogh


Politics is the art of the possible.Benjamin Franklin -> Otto von Bismarck


Nothing is more common than the wish to be remarkable.William Shakespeare -> Oliver Wendell Holmes


Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.Robert Louis Stevenson -> William Arthur Ward


And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.F. Scott Fitzgerald -> Christopher Poindexter


Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.Otto von Bismarck - John Godfrey Saxe


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.Abraham Lincoln -> Robert G. Ingersoll

Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it. - Voltaire Quotes

Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.Voltaire -> André Gide


The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.Niccolò Machiavelli -> Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

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As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.John Locke -> Lu Xun


An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.Agatha Christie -> Alec de Montmorency


The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things newWilliam Makepeace Thackeray -> Samuel Johnson


Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.James Joyce -> Pauline Kael


It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.Charles Darwin -> Leon C. Megginson


Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.Søren Kierkegaard -> Robert Mac Dougall


The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.Bertrand Russell -> Marthe Troly-Curtin


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.Helen Keller -> Anne Sullivan

Creativity is the art of concealing your sources. - Coco Chanel Quotes

Creativity is the art of concealing your sources.Coco Chanel -> C. E. M. Joad


My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.Jack Kerouac -> Allen Ginsberg


An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex.Aldous Huxley -> Edgar Wallace


There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.Benjamin Disraeli -> Leonard H. Courtney


I’m not young enough to know everything.Oscar Wild -> J. M. Barrie


If you want to know what the Lord God thinks of money, just look at those to whom he gives it.Dorothy Parker -> Thomas Guthrie


If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.Henry Ford -> Jessie Potter


Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.G. K. Chesterton -> John F. Kennedy


What have future generations ever done for us?Groucho Marx -> Thomas Stafford


Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.H. L. Mencken -> A. J. Liebling

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ernest Hemingway Quotes

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.Ernest Hemingway -> Ursula K. Le Guin


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.Winston Churchill -> Anselme Batbie


There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.Zig Ziglar -> Jean Sibelius


The most beautiful words in the English language are not ‘I love you’, but ‘It’s benign’.Woody Allen -> L. M. Boyd


Diplomacy is the art of being able to say ‘Nice doggie’ until you have time to pick up a rock.Will Rogers -> Walter Trumbull


It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.W. Somerset Maugham -> Thomas Babington Macaulay


The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.Stephen Hawking -> Daniel J. Boorstin


People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.Stephen King -> Robert Bloch


The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.Martin Luther King, Jr. -> Theodore Parker

Able was I ere I saw Elba. - Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Able was I ere I saw Elba.Napoleon Bonaparte -> Credited to 'J.T.R.' of Baltimore


Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.Isaac Newton -> Howard W. Newton


An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.Mahatma Gandhi -> George Perry Graham


If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?John Adams -> Abigail Adams


To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.Nicolaus Copernicus -> Confucius


One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it, and then it’s gone. But to surrender what you are, and live without belief – that’s more terrible than dying – more terrible than dying young.Joan of Arc -> A line from a script for the 1946 Broadway play entitled Joan of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.


My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.Muhammed Ali -> Don King


A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.John Stuart Mill -> Benjamin Franklin


Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.Steve Jobs -> Ed Wynn


When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.Ralph Waldo Emerson -> Thomas Carlyle

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality. - Dante Alighieri Quotes

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.Dante Alighieri -> Henry Powell Spring


Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.Audrey Hepburn -> David Ben Gurion


If you can dream it, you can do it.Walt Disney -> Tom Fitzgerald


It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.Louis Pasteur -> Louis Kossoth


Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.Henry James -> William James


The graveyards are full of indispensable men.Charles de Gaulle -> Elbert Hubbard


Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.Margaret Thatcher -> Jesse Carr


The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic.John Dewey -> James Hinton


The Optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, the Pessimist fears it is true.Robert Oppenheimer -> James Branch Cabell


Evil and good are God’s right hand and left.Horace Mann -> Philip James Bailey

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - Salvador Dalí Quotes

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.Salvador Dalí -> Walter H. Cottingham